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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: Friday, July 3, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The Basin was packed in the afternoon, but relatively empty in the morning. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: At the start of the herd path you can either try to balance over the downed tree, wade across the stream, or try to superman over it. The large brook crossing on the Liberty Springs Trail requires some careful rock stepping to stay dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: On the Franconia Ridge Trail between the summits there are two fallen trees across the trail. One is a tough to go under and the other is easier. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This trail is dog friendly except for a scramble on both sides of Mt. Liberty. Those that struggle on scrambles will need some assistance. Mt. Flume is a small summit with shear cliff dropoffs so curious dogs should probably stay leashed on this summit. The Liberty Springs Trail has little water after the large brook crossing, but you can refill any water bottles at the Liberty Springs Tentsite. The Franconia Ridge Trail has no water on it. 
Bugs
Bugs: The bugs were fine until the afternoon when they came out in full force while we descended the Liberty Springs Trail. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: To easily find the start of the bushwhack off of the Recreation Trail/Bike Path if you park at The Basin, look up OpenCycleMap. It was added onto their downloadable maps. It is a little faint where it starts, but once across the stream the herd path is very easy to follow and makes for a shorter round-trip then the traditional starting point at the Whitehouse Trailhead.

The Liberty Springs Trail is rocky for almost the entire ascent after you cross the large brook. It is grueling on the knees espcially during the descent.

The Liberty Springs Trail is quite muddy until the rocky area, but the Franconia Ridge Trail was dry.  
Name
Name: BobTheLoveGoat 
E-Mail
E-Mail: BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-07-07 
Link
Link: http://lovegoatfilms.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-pre-independence-day-hike-up-mt.html 
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