View Full Version : Old Bridle Path conditions?

Mohamed Ellozy
05-13-2008, 07:19 PM
From a New Hampshire Trail Conditions post (http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=22341):
Old Bridal Path was infinitely easier. Very little snow.With many reports putting the snow line at around 3,500 feet I am a bit skeptical, :confused: would love to hear some confirmation.


Mohamed Ellozy
05-13-2008, 07:47 PM
Hmm ... interesting ...

Opened file containing OBP in MapSource, then viewed it in Google Earth. Very clear that the top half of the OBP is on a narrow south facing ridge, which may explain why it is melted early (assuming it really is).

Of course, I should have figured that out from the topo, but Google Earth shows it a lot more clearly.

Mohamed Ellozy
05-15-2008, 08:43 AM
Here is a post (http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=22416) which confirms that the Old Bridle path is snow free:
Old Bridal Path is amazing - no snow to worry about all the way to the summit of Lafayette.Time to stop fooling around on Mt. Pemi and start hiking up real mountains :D

Mike P.
05-15-2008, 10:34 AM
The whole report showed that the OBP was pretty clear (that's been my experience in other years early in the sping/summer season - early mid-May) the groupd decided to skip Falling Waters & head over to Liberty. They regretted heading to Liberty.

As some may have expected high wooded ridges will keep snow the longest. So Franconia Ridge between Liberty & little Haystack, the Twinway between S. Twin & Guyot, Wildcat Ridge (my planned trip in 9 days if no much snow will go elsewhere), Willey Range between Willey & Field, Signal Ridge, above Sigmal Ridge & some spots of Garfield Ridge & likely Rollins (lower but denser tree growth) are going to hold snow longer.

05-15-2008, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the info. I'm spending Saturday night at Greenleaf so it is nice to know that I do not need snowshoes or crampons.