View Full Version : Has anyone been on Lion's Head recently?

04-21-2010, 11:11 PM
Because some friends and I are planning to climb it Saturday and I was curious what the snow conditions are like now. Are the trails packed, or do we need snowshoes? Sorry for the silly question, but I'd rather find out now rather then this weekend, halfway up the mountain. :)

Thanks, all.

04-22-2010, 10:33 AM
I was there a little more then two weeks ago. I am sure a lot has changed since then however.

Snowshoes where not needed, parts of lions head lower down had exposed rocks but for the most part it was great! I also plan on going this Saturday and I am guessing the snowshoes will not leave the car. Im sure you are aware of this but a ice axe and crampons are a must have.


04-22-2010, 07:29 PM
3 links that will provide you with some information about trail conditions:

http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/ - Another forum with trail reports broken down by state and then trail names.

http://www.outdoors.org/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm - AMC backcountry and trail conditions. Limited information but it does have tux information.

http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/avalanche/ - USFS avalanche bulletin can give you expected Tux ravine and nearby trail conditions.

I would advise crampons if heading to the summit of Mt. W. as there is a lot of firm snow packs on top. Across the alpine garden, some sort of traction is highly recommended. I have not seen below Lions Head but hikers I have talked to and read reports from say that there are packed snow higher up and bare spots below and both crampons and yak traks should be packed. Read: both types of traction are recommended currently.

04-23-2010, 11:06 AM
Good, thank you. That one page, the AMC trip planner, especially was helpful. Supposed to be a good day tomorrow - should be fun. :)