Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Flume Visitor's Center. Plenty of parking when I arrived (7:30am) and when I left (2:30pm). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were fine. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Two well behaved dogs were with a group and seemed to be handling the Liberty Spring Trail well. 
Bugs: Plenty buzzin' but not many bitin'. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
Comments: This was an out and back from the Flume Visitor's Center parking lot. I knew the out and back would be a little more difficult on my legs, as I would be descending and ascending more than I had used the Flume Gorge Trail to make a loop, but I had read/heard it would be wet on the way up and I knew not to go down it.Once you're on the Liberty Spring Trail and Franconia Ridge Trail, it is CONSISTENTLY uphill. It was hot, and I took a lot of breaks today; I wasn't concerned with my overall pace at all. Plenty of friendly people on the trail: day hikers, section hikers, people staying at the tentsite, etc. Ran into a group of middle/high school aged girls (a camp, maybe?) coming down the trail with a bunch of old school, external frame backpacks! Kudos to them! Hit the summit of Liberty (make sure you don't stop at the cairn along the way, the summit is higher and there is a medallion in a rock marking it) and headed over to Flume. Flume's summit wasn't marked, or I missed it, but went over the entire ridge to be sure. My legs were TRASHED after this, part being out of hiking shape and out of my "usual" fitness, and the heat as well as the substantial amount of downhills. Keep your pace steady and consistent, and take breaks when you need to.  
Name: Jeff B 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-07-13 
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