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Bill O
05-19-2008, 08:26 PM
Looks like the Tuck's cam is snowed over and the summer has received over an inch today. I'm looking at the Kilington webcams and they have snow all the way down at the base.

Still a far cry from May 1996.

MelNino
05-19-2008, 10:11 PM
Hmmmm......I'm heading up that way on Thurs.....we were hoping for a Sat or Sun hike....thank for the update!

Bill O
05-20-2008, 06:41 AM
The summit received 4" yesterday. I'm sure there are some big drifts, but it probably doesn't change much on the hiking front.

Bill O
05-20-2008, 08:21 AM
The summit might start to break out of the clouds around 1pm this afternoon. If convection doesn't take over, otherwise it wont be until Wednesday at the earliest.

KD Talbot
05-20-2008, 09:41 AM
The Whites got a good dusting above 2000' with accumulation above 2500'. lonesome Lake at 2800' got an inch and Greenleaf hut got 4. Might get more Wednesday and Thursday. I'm guessing there'll be a lot of surprised sneaker and shorts people out hiking this weekend.

KDT

MelNino
05-20-2008, 09:35 PM
Tomorrow is my last day in CT til we leave for New Hampshire!!! :D

bikehikeskifish
05-20-2008, 10:33 PM
I was considering Jefferson and/or Adams from Bowman via the Castles and Israel Ridge.

Any comments on that loop?

Thx,
Tim

Brad
05-24-2008, 07:09 AM
At this point in the month of May the summit has had more snow (7.7 inches total) than last month on this date.

Knapper
05-24-2008, 06:32 PM
The summit received 4" yesterday....

Bill, just to clarify, the summit only received 1.4" inches yesterday, but there is 3-4" on the ground accumulated.


At this point in the month of May the summit has had more snow (7.7 inches total) than last month on this date.

Brad, that is true, but we are still about 4.8" below average for the month of May on our snowfall up top. We may still make that, but May is suppose to get warmer on average, so lets hope so.

Acrophobe
05-24-2008, 10:53 PM
I'm guessing there'll be a lot of surprised sneaker and shorts people out hiking this weekend.


I don't like the sound of that. I'm planning to do Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette on Monday, and I was assuming this is accurate:

http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm

It says there's only patches - can we assume it's right, or should we bring boots?

Tim&Val
05-25-2008, 06:55 AM
I don't like the sound of that. I'm planning to do Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette on Monday, and I was assuming this is accurate:

http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm

It says there's only patches - can we assume it's right, or should we bring boots?

We did Old Bridle Path to Mt Lafayette yesterday (Sat). We didn't do the ridge due to high winds and winter-like temps. Here's what I can tell you:


From the trailhead to the views of Walker Ravine from the ledges, it's all clear and dry.

From the ledges to the hut - you'll start to find wet, somewhat muddy trail and some leftover snow. It's mushy, but you can either walk around it or over it with bare boots.

From the hut to the summit is less snow (still some) and mostly wet rocks. We didn't encounter any ice.


From people we spoke to at the hut, they suggested that the Falling Waters trail was similar with wet snow as you neared the treeline on Little Haystack.

There was a ranger in the parking lot as we headed out - warning people about the weather and trail conditions. That may have been more because of the wind and freezing fog :( that was occurring at the time.

By the time we got to the hut, the summits were coming out of the clouds.

Personally, I wouldn't wear sneakers, but some people did yesterday. Depends how much you like dry feet.

Valerie

SunMessenger
05-25-2008, 08:16 AM
Good info. Thanks!
We did Old Bridle Path to Mt Lafayette yesterday (Sat). We didn't do the ridge due to high winds and winter-like temps. Here's what I can tell you:


From the trailhead to the views of Walker Ravine from the ledges, it's all clear and dry.

From the ledges to the hut - you'll start to find wet, somewhat muddy trail and some leftover snow. It's mushy, but you can either walk around it or over it with bare boots.

From the hut to the summit is less snow (still some) and mostly wet rocks. We didn't encounter any ice.


From people we spoke to at the hut, they suggested that the Falling Waters trail was similar with wet snow as you neared the treeline on Little Haystack.

There was a ranger in the parking lot as we headed out - warning people about the weather and trail conditions. That may have been more because of the wind and freezing fog :( that was occurring at the time.

By the time we got to the hut, the summits were coming out of the clouds.

Personally, I wouldn't wear sneakers, but some people did yesterday. Depends how much you like dry feet.

Valerie

Acrophobe
05-25-2008, 08:39 AM
Yes, thanks, Valerie. I'm looking forward to it tomorrow - I've wanted to do Lafayette for years. :)

SunMessenger
05-25-2008, 08:45 AM
I am sure you will enjoy it. I did a long time ago. Good luck.
Yes, thanks, Valerie. I'm looking forward to it tomorrow - I've wanted to do Lafayette for years. :)

Tim&Val
05-27-2008, 06:13 AM
I'm planning to do Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette on Monday

How was your hike on Monday? We were out of state on Sunday and Monday, but it looked like good weather!

Valerie

Acrophobe
05-29-2008, 10:41 AM
Absolutely magnificent. I've never done Franconia Ridge before, so I didn't know what I missing. Truly glorious - certainly gives Washington a fight for the title of 'Best Mountain in New Hampshire'. It was just as good as Katahdin in Maine. We encountered some of that 'balance beam' on the way down Falling Waters trail, to my surprise (and annoyance - I was wearing sneakers :)), but other then that, it was great. When we set out, there were some pretty nasty looking thunder clouds floating around overhead, but by the time we'd gotten to the hut, it had pretty well cleared up. Better still, we saw a bald eagle (first time :)) and a moose on Old Bridle Path, a little after we left the parking lot. Even though it was swarming with people, it was the best hike I've been on.

A few quick pictures:

First, my faithful traveling companion with his 5200 foot snowman:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/100_1609.jpg


Here he is resting after a long morning of climbing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/100_1665.jpg


And here, the spectacular view I'm sure you've all seen before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/100_1697.jpg

Steve M
05-30-2008, 01:55 AM
I love that hike. Can't wait to do it again. Your hiking companion looks like he got the stuffing beat out of him.:p

Tim&Val
05-31-2008, 08:00 AM
Awesome pictures! I'm glad you had such a great day! I *love* your traveling companion - he's adorable!

Valerie