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Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Owl's Head
Lincoln, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Franconia Ridge Trail near the top of Mt. Flume
Looking up the Franconia Ridge Trail near the top of Mt. Flume

Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Flume), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, (Owl's Head), Owl's Head Path, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Black Pond Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

With the first day of the long weekend being the best weatherwise, I decided to attempt a potentially long and tricky day. Starting at Lincoln Woods in excellent temperatures (50s), I made decent time to the Osseo Trail junction. From there, I dialed it down a bit, not wanting to zap my energy or water supplies. After a seemingly endless (but nice, with decent footing) walk up to the ridge, I finally reached the Franconia Ridge Trail.

I had excellent views from the summit. While it was tempting to hang out for awhile, I continued on to Mt. Liberty, keeping my eye open for potential good places to enter the woods later.

Reaching Mt. Liberty, I once again had great views. Feeling a bit worn out, I opted to hang out a bit, as I wanted to fuel up for a potentially tough hike. In addition, I took some more time to review my map and the terrain in front of me, looking for hardwood canopy.

Once down in the col of the Franconia Ridge Trail, nearest the beginning of the climb to Mt. Flume, I jumped into the woods and worked my way through (at first) generally good going. About ten minutes later, I hit thicker woods, along with much steeper terrain. Pushing myself toward the northeast, I had about half an hour of junk - steep and somewhat thick, with tricky (rocks under thin soil) footing. Eventually, the grades lessened and I reached nice, open hardwoods and the brook proper.

As I worked my way east, I found some old logging roads which made things a bit smoother. As I neared the Lincoln Brook Trail, I found what I believe to be an old railbed cut (I ended up going above this, as it was quite muddy), which led me right to the Lincoln Brook Trail, about 2-3 miles north of the first water crossing after the Black Pond bushwhack exit.

While the bushwhack had increased my adrenaline a bit, I found myself zapped on the Owl's Head slide, as the mid day sun was beating down on me. After reaching the summit and taking a break, I opted to stay in the trees for the descent, taking the Brutus Bushwhack around the slide area. Back on the Lincoln Woods Trail, I worked my way to the entrance of the Black Pond bushwhack, then pushed my way to the pond proper, where I took a final break and enjoyed the views.

After that, it was a typical slog back out to Lincoln Woods.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Flume
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Owl's Head
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 3, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:00 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,170'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 7:02 AM
Summit Reached: 9:26 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Distance: 5.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,323'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 9:28 AM
Summit Reached: 10:10 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 4,328'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 609'
Destination: Owl's Head
Ascent Commenced: 10:22 AM
Summit Reached: 1:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:31
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,025'
Distance: .4 mile
Vertical Gain: 1,985'
Hike Ended: 5:54 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:54
Hike Vertical Gain: 6,172'


The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead
The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead

Alpine flowers on Mt. Flume
Alpine flowers on Mt. Flume

Looking north from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
Looking north from Mt. Flume

The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Liberty
The Franconia Ridge Trail on the way to Mt. Liberty

Looking at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Looking at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Liberty

Bushwhacking to the Lincoln Brook Trail from the Franconia Ridge
Bushwhacking to the Lincoln Brook Trail from the Franconia Ridge

Looking back at Flume and Liberty while climbing the Owl's Head slide
Looking back at Flume and Liberty while climbing the Owl's Head slide

Slight views of the Franconia Ridge from near the summit of Owl's Head - Click to enlarge
Slight views of the Franconia Ridge from near the summit of Owl's Head

Black Pond at the end of a long day
Black Pond at the end of a long day

Topographic map of Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, Owl's Head - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 East from I-93 past Loon to the Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area (left side of road).

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