|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, October 2, 2014|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Old logging road below first rock steps has drains that look recently cleaned with but a few leaves in them. Entire trail is closely brushed, but clear enough; could do with light trimming. Blazes old but well sited and still recognizable. Trail from first flight of rock steps upwards has dozens of waterbars and drainage dips, all well sited and well built. Unfortunately, nearly all are full of years' worth of debris, and most have failed.
Several flights of rock steps have lost lowest step or been undermined and need more steps at the bottom to prevent all being lost. Most steps are much too high for comfort, but new ones can be at more reasonable rise and fix much of that.
Many gullies in need of steps in them and often redigging of drains or new drains just above.
AMC pro crew did outstanding job with the ladders of PT lumber flown in; shows what can be done with money and skill.
Several old bog bridges above the ladders ready to replace but that's minor.
Slope leading from flat up to Flume Slide Trail jct is an active erosion zone in places, and could do with a crew adding drains and steps, with some sidehilling/revetting for good measure.
Difficulty of reaching this trail section suggests best remediation may be a detailed inventory of needed fixtures flagged on trail and written in notebook, to be implemented by an adult volunteer vacations Camp Dodge "spike" crew camping on the flat above the ladders for a week at a time. Airdrops of supplies and any materials early in the season would be wise, or the volunteers can lug 40-lb packs up the trail on their first workday, and 20-lb packs down on their last one. |
|Lost and Found:
||Foliage close to peak, and the view from Flume still inspires, albeit a microburst at the summit would not be amiss. |
||Creag nan drochaid |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.