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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, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Flume) Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, herd path, bike path

Lots of powder. Snowshoes a must.

Bike path was groomed and busy with snowmobile traffic.

Herd path to the elbow was broken out this morning, but is still not well consolidated. By the looks of it, someone had come up from the Whitehouse trailhead yesterday and turned back at the water crossing. A pair of hikers broke out from there to Liberty this morning; great effort! There was 1 to 2 feet of powder (with deeper drifts) from the back to back storms earlier in the week. Snowpack on the ridge is approaching the signs and blazes, meaning there's a good 5-6 feet. No tracks heading northbound on Franconia Ridge. Noted a set of snowshoe tracks on lower Flume Slide junction, but it looks like they were as the result of turning back.

Amazingly, some parasitic postholers came up this afternoon, clinging to their snowshoeing friends while sinking into the deep snowpack. Few were impressed with this "earning" of a winter peak. It is negligent at best to be miles away from the road in snow this deep with no flotation in tow.

I caught up to the duo coming off Liberty and took over trail breaking to Flume to return the favor. Plenty of powder and some drifts up high, make spruce traps a potential hindrance (stayed true to the trail, so did not fall into any). Did not note any tracks coming up from Osseo. Did not appear that anyone else was going between the peaks today, so the trail is not particularly consolidated.

Cold and windy (enough to move one around this morning) on both summits. Blue skies and snow covered trees made for great scenery.


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: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time to Trailhead: 00:05
Parking Elevation: 1,520'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Time Elapsed: 02:30
Trailhead Elevation: 1,470'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 3,049'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:10
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,206'


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

Franconia Notch as seen from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Franconia Notch as seen from Mt. Liberty

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

The Hancocks as seen from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
The Hancocks as seen 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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