Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 12, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at both Lafayette and Lincoln Woods. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None that took any effort 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blow downs on Osseo and Franconia Ridge between Lincoln and Liberty. Some required crawling, but all can be navigated without too much effort. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None. Not a hike for dogs right now. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A purple scarf on Franconia Ridge a few hundred yards below Haystack. Very frozen to a tree. 
Comments: This entire hike was in challenging shape yesterday.
-Old Bridal Path - someone recently had a big day post holing. It's a mess up to the hut. Alternated between spikes and snowshoes without much success.
-Franconia Ridge (Lafayette -> Haystack) - Wind blown conditions mean a combination of exposed rock, ice, crusty snow and drifts. Despite high winds and little visibility, this was the fastest part of the day.
-Franconia Ridge (Haystack->Liberty Springs trail) - Deep drifts covered by crusty snow. Snowshoes are a must, but even then I routinely sank 6-12" with each step. Beautiful section but tough. Watch out for mini spruce traps. Spent 10 mins digging my leg and a snow shoe out of one.
-Liberty->Flume - The most hiked section with a combination of post holes and snow shoe marks. Was getting very choppy towards the end.
-Osseo - Probably in the best condition thanks to a couple of ladies that broke it out yesterday. Between those two and my heavy feet it is probably getting close to packed right now.
-Lincoln Woods - I've never been so happy to get on Lincoln Woods. It's mostly packed, but you'll have to watch out for frozen ankle biters.

A beautiful hike overall, but a very challenging one in current conditions.  
Name: Chad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-13 
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