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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Old Osseo Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not full on my return but quite a few vehicles were there. But surprisingly not that many people strolling on Lincoln Woods. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape. I removed a couple of small crossovers on the hike out but they were trivial, and tossed some broken white birch, but there's more of that. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This is a dry trail, with a small foot wide drainage after a bit of hiking, and a seep after the stairs. Pepper met Steve's Skipper (and shared his water) and Loanshark's Dooley, all three being black dogs that found the climb up a warm one, and enjoyed finding the seep. I took extra water for Pepper but he when he got down to Osseo Brook he ran ahead and jumped in.  
Bugs
Bugs: They were out, but only once, while eating lunch on Flume, did the black flies attack me and the couple that were nearby. They did that despite a good breeze. But otherwise they were not a problem. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I hiked this trail so long ago with Shorty I didn't remember it at all, not even the steps. Feather Hat's recommendation got our attention and it was a lovely hike. Very easy grades and a wide trail with good footing for Osseo; just pieces of monorail and bits of mud on Franconia Ridge. Quite a crowd on Liberty so we didn't stay after the picts. Flume had only one couple each time we were there but we did run into a fair number of hikers on our way down, although we were delighted to meet up again with Skip and Liz with Dooley. We knew where the Old Osseo Trail once went and followed it until a set of blowdowns completely blocked the trail, about 15 minutes of easy hiking from the new trail. I'm guessing that was a little ways past where the old trail dropped down from 3800', but having been to the peak last year I didn't feel the need to go through thick spruce-fir to get there. It was another great day on the trails, but a summery one.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-05-22 
Link
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