Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Flume Slide Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at Basin on north side almost empty 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Blue 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brooks mostly open still,crossed on rocks and beginning snow bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: a few rime and snow laden branches, narrow path between summits, 1 or 2 step unders on FRT between top end of Liberty Spring Tr intersection and Flume summit 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw about 4 dogs, Thor had no problems with the Flume slide, another dog did bot want to go south down off Mt. Flume- (she is young and inexperienced though) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: Nice track all the way to summit of Mt. Liberty in Micro-spikes. A little drifting of 1 ft. between summits. Windblown on both summits. Flume slide blown in drifts of 2 feet. Entire slide deep drifts of 3 feet. Middle butt slide material. Blue ice under snow in some parts of middle of trail. Very steep, some consolidated snow to get a grip on, otherwise use sides of trail and hold onto branches for control and use deep snow to slow your decent. Hiking poles useful, we stayed on micro-spikes although I would have put on crampons had I brought them. Had snowshoes, not useful for this section. Butt slider heaven if your brave. I am not. Scary descent for me, Dave Bear and Thor loved it. Sure gets you down in elevation quick. Tiring though. Nice track out on Flume Slide Tr. lower half mostly bear booted and fairly firm. Brooks all open still but easily crossed.

no views today on summits. All socked in. Much warmer than last weekend, for sure. Thanks Dave Bear and Thor (dog) for a great successful pair of summits, # 6 & 7 for me.  
Name: Sunshine Chris 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-01-09 
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