Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails: Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plowed and good 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snow bridges on larger streams on flume slide trail not supportive and water high enough to make crossings a challenge - used fallen tree to shimmy across one and creative use of submerged rocks on others  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: couple of blow downs on flume slide tr. but nothing insurmountable 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Breakable crust and wet snow made for a good work out. 6" deep at trail head. 8-10" on ridge with drifts up to knee deep. Solid base 10" down collapses occassionally dumping you knee deep - I still would not of packed snow shoes, however.

Snow bridges on major stream crosings on flume slide trail are marginal - not enough for my 180lb! - some creative crossings (including shuffle along fallen tree) required as the waters were up. Added quite a bit of time to ascent.

The steep section on slide tr. was in fine condition - 6-8" firm wet snow on top of solid ice. No traction needed on the trails apart from the slide section itself which certainly benefited from crampons and axe (although the rocks on the flume peak and ridge and liberty summit required care without traction).  
Name: Geoff 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-01-05 
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