|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 18, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walked down the recreational path to the trailhead. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||I lost exact count but the Flume Slide Trail had approximately 6 water crossings. All were possible with rock hopping. One of the water crossings can be tricky in terms of where the trail picks up. Someone helpful created an arrow out of small rocks to point people in the right direction. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw some large dogs with their people on trails other than the Flume Slide Trail. |
||Black flies are biting in various places, including in some places on the summit of Liberty. Small round bugs on the summit rocks of Liberty easily transfer onto your clothing. |
|Lost and Found:
||These are two utterly spectacular summits and we were blessed with bright blue skies and visibility for miles. The Franconia Ridge is perhaps my favorite in the Whites.|
The Flume Slide Trail lulls you into complacency with its initial miles of near flat terrain. Then of course all hell breaks loose. We ran into several people who had not done their research and were attempting to descend the slide trail.
The trail intersections are well signed, except for at the summits, where there is no signage. This posed a problem for us when we attempted to descend Liberty and head to the Liberty Springs Trail. The trail down from the summit immediately forks, and the right fork takes you back to the ridge trail between Liberty and Flume. Unfortunately, that ridge trail is pretty unremarkable, and we didn't realize we were headed in the wrong direction until we'd traveled a half mile or more. Signage is really needed at that fork.
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.