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: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Basin which is nicely plowed and well sanded 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged on Liberty Spring Trail, some bridged/some open but easily rock hoppable on Flume Slide Trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are all in awesome shape! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none today though conditions were would have been great for them up to Liberty and out to Flume and back. I would never recommend taking a dog up or down Flume Slide Trail no matter what time of year it is! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Parked at the Basin and took the bike path. Broke out the bushwhack up to the hairpin turn on LST. Bare booted until we got past the open hardwoods then threw on our snow shoes for the up. A few inches of fresh powder and no ice made for great footing. The wind howled at us the entire way up to just shy of the summit where it just magically stopped! There was several inches of fresh powder in the col with some small drifts. Saw a solo hiker coming down Flume as we were headed up who had come up FST. We had been toying with the idea of going down FST and decided to give it a go! There was lots of fresh powder and minimal to no exposed ice (though I am sure we wiped some of the ice clean sliding down some parts). We were extremely careful and had a ton of fun coming down! I definitely would not recommend this as a descent route for 99% of the hiking population.

It was a frigid start to the day but the sun was shining and the clouds went almost completely away. The wind subsided for periods of time which was nice. Nice to see some views and fresh powder on the trails!  
Name: NH_Flyer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-01-28 
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