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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spotted a car at Lafayette Place (which exploded on both sides of the highway as expected), and plenty of room at The Basin. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossings on Liberty Springs were straight-forward rock-hops with fairly low water, despite the 1" of rain Saturday night. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No major issues, just a small mudpit between Liberty and Flume that could use a few stepping stones. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Nothing of consequence to be concerned about, just little water on this route except at the campsite. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some flying gnats in the sun on the ridge trail, but nothing biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We got a later start on this one, and so ultimately we decided against continuing up the ridge to Lafayette as planned, but we still had a great fall trip to Liberty and Flume. The clouds were slowly parting all day, and by the time we returned to Liberty most all summits were fully in the clear and it was a gorgeous afternoon. There is still some nice orange color down in the Lincoln Brook Valley, but things look to be slightly past peak. Still quite nice though, and lots of yellow still remains. Lots of leaves on the ground on the trails, so it will be all over pretty soon though. The start of the herd path to the Liberty Springs Trail off the bike path wasn't very obvious with all of the leaf cover (plus none of us had done it in that direction without snow on the ground), but we cut in and soon intersected it. No issues following it downhill in the afternoon. Good to see a couple familiar faces out there on the trails today.  
Name
Name: madmattd 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-10-06 
Link
Link: http://mattshikes.blogspot.com/ 
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