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Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume
Lincoln, 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 en route to Mt. Liberty
Looking up the Franconia Ridge Trail en route to Mt. Liberty

Route: Bike path, bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Flume) Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, bushwhack, bike path

Having some hours coming back to me after some long days at work, I decided to take advantage of the nice morning forecast and headup to the southern Franconias.

After walking down the still-somewhat-snow-and-ice-covered-bike-path from the Basin, I barebooted up the bushwhack route to the Liberty Spring Trail. After easily rockhopping the water crossings, I put on Microspikes for the balance of the ascent.

Nearing the Franconia Ridge Trail, the trees were filled with icicles - a neat sight, especially this time of year!

Though the short section of the Franconia Ridge Trail was a bit wind, the summit of Mt. Liberty was quite calm. The views from the top were quite good - the Presidentials were particularly striking.

The descent from Liberty into the col was spring-like - sticky snow and monorail. The ascent thereafter was more winter like - an inch of powder on top of a solid base.

The views from Mt. Flume were quite good too, though it was apparent that the clouds were slowly working their way in. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful day.

The descent went somewhat slowly, as I felt obligated to cut up a bunch of blowdowns. Nonetheless, it was nice to be out in the beautiful spring weather.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, April 10, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:43 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,520'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 8:49 AM
Summit Reached: 10:25 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:36
Trailhead Elevation: 1,470'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 3,049'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 10:27 AM
Summit Reached: 11:06 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Ended: 1:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:16
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,206'


The start of the bushwhack to the Liberty Spring Trail from the bike path
The start of the bushwhack to the Liberty Spring Trail from the bike path

Looking over Mt. Guyot at the Presidentials from the Mt. Liberty summit - Click to enlarge
Looking over Mt. Guyot at the Presidentials from the Mt. Liberty summit

The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Flume and Mt. Liberty
The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Flume and Mt. Liberty

Looking at Mt. Garfield from the Mt. Flume summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Garfield from the Mt. Flume summit




Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 93 north from Lincoln to the Basin. Walk south down the bike path - just prior to reaching a grassy, old road on the right (where the bike path gets close to the highway), start the bushwhack on the left. After crossing a brook, an old logging road can be found a bit to the left, eventually meeting up with the hairpin turn in the Liberty Spring Trail

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