|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Whitehouse Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, September 21, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Park at the second parking area after the Flume Visitor Center. Ample parking. There is a toilet there but the smell kept me away. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All water crossings are easy walkovers right now. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail was relatively easy to follow, there was only one section on the upper part of the slide where the trail takes and unexpected right. It didn't take long to figure it out. Not a lot of blazes on this section of the trail. The slide was mostly dry with a few small sections of running water. Signage was well maintained and helpful. |
||I didn't bring my dog on this hike. I think it depends on the dog. If your dog is a good hiker and is used to steep trails, he should be okay. There are unofficial side trails along the slide, in case the dog has trouble getting up the more difficult sections. |
||Lots of strange annoying (non-biting) bugs on both summits. |
|Lost and Found:
||I loved the slide. I enjoyed climbing directly up the center looking for hand and foot holds. It was a lot of fun. It now holds a spot on my 'favorite trail' list. |
If you are very nervous about loose rock, unstable footing and bouldering, I recommend going up the Liberty trail, crossing the ridge to Mt. Flume and returning the same way (via Liberty trail).
If you are up for the challenge, go for it. You can always use the unofficial side trails if you get stuck.
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.