Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, January 25, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings up Falling Waters totally passable/rock-hoppable. Small snow/ice bridges are susceptible to collapse due to warmer conditions, so step softly before committing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trail conditions are really a mixed bag. About 2" of fresh wet snow on top of an ice layer, on top of old snow and slush. We stayed in microspikes the entire time climbing to Little Haystack, and the entirety of the Ridge up to Lafayette. Depending on surfaces - rock or trail, conditions are hard ice, packed snow and ice - no large drifts, no accumulation of snow. *ONE AREA TO BE CAREFUL is just below the Lafayette summit, heading down the Greeleaf trail - the left switchback has blown drifted snow that has frozen solid, and may need more traction than microspikes. It's a very small section - maybe 20-30' across, but, we opted to take the time to switch to hiking crampons to traverse after a slip initially, and then just kept the hiking crampons on the rest of the day all the way back down (Kahtula K-10's). Other than that one small section, the entirety of the loop was easily hikeable with light traction. Post holes more on Old Bridle on the way down, likely due to the softening snow conditions during the day.  
Name: Dave Fatula 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-26 
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