Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Basin parking mostly cleared pavement. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Major crossing still snowbridged. Others were open but with low water, easy rock steps or off to the side a snowshoe hop. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: one walk around blowdown in lower part of Liberty Springs. A couple duckunders on Franconia Ridge trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pretty easy dog trails today. We didn't see any signs of snowmobile use on the path, not surprising given large patches of exposed pavement. We met two dogs, one a Westy smaller than Pepper.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Used spiked until around 2500 at which point the new snow rendered them useless. Only one person ahead of me until around 3200' and he often had to sidestep his way up with spikes. MSRs were perfect providing great traction and the televators. There were several inches of new or at least unpacked snow in the upper parts of Liberty Springs, but much less on the ridge trail. It made for a great snowshoe, especially a fun boogie down upper Liberty Springs. With the packing of several barebooters and other snowshoers spikes appeared to become more useful further up, but still no match for the MSRs. There was no postholing but we were done early before it warmed a lot. Snow was sticky on the south side of Liberty from the sun and balled up a bit on snowshoes going out, but no problem on the return leg.

There weren't a lot of people, they may have all been on Lincoln & Lafayette. Nice to chat with Linda & Al. It was a splendid day and trails for at least one last great snowshoe before the warm temps and postholers got there. The views were pretty darn nice too.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-03-30 
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