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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 Liberty Spring Trail
Looking up the Liberty Spring Trail

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

Though it was a Presi Day, we opted to head over to the southern Franconia peaks. Starting at the Basin, we headed south on the bike path, donning Microspikes. A few minutes later, we headed into the woods, across a small creek, and up the old trail to the hairpin turn on the Liberty Spring Trail.

Microspikes proved to be sufficient for the climb up to Mt. Liberty, as 1-2" of powder coated hardpack granular and blue ice. Reaching Liberty, we had decent views of Cannon and elevations lower, but other views were restricted due to undercast conditions - had we been on one of the northern Franconia peaks, we would have had spectacular upper elevation views most likely.

Microspikes were adequate for the out and back to Flume as well. Unfortunately, the undercast had engulfed this summit a bit, resulting in limited views.

After reclimbing Liberty, we headed back down the route we had ascended.


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: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:43 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,520'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 8:49 AM
Summit Reached: 11:08 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:19
Trailhead Elevation: 1,470'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 3,049'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 11:12 AM
Summit Reached: 11:56 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Ended: 2:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:07
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 at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Looking at Cannon Mountain from Mt. Liberty

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

Limited views from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
Limited views from Mt. Flume




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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Back to Mt. Flume Profile




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