Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Very few vehicles when we started; a fair number when we returned but plenty of space still left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops although the largest brook crossing a bit over 1 miles up was a bit tricky though easily doable with poles and good boots. I saw/heard of other hikers barefooting it, a few went upstream and shimmied across a big log, some used clogs, and some like Pepper just got wet.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A lot of water in the Liberty Spring trail down leading up to and aways past the main brook crossing. We gave some drainage areas a leaf cleaning which helped some but more is needed. One new blowdown which is currently a duck under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pretty easy trail for the mighty tough little dog, the brook crossing providing the only excitement beyond meeting a fair number of nice dogs on our way down including a small Westy. Plenty of water and shade today. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The prior rain, peaks in the clouds and wind led me to shorten the long planned Flume Slide up and OBP down loop into this much shorter hike. Rime on Liberty. We only ran into Ron on the hike up and from Liberty on we enjoyed hiking with him, and didn't see anyone until the descent from the ridge. Then we met quite a few hikers, an amazing number in sneakers and cotton Ts/shorts, and even some planning on going down the Flume Slide, and many starting up around 1. The clouds started to lift some after noon and Flume was clear by 1, but Lafayette & Lincoln were still socked in. Met 2 AT Hikers, going north. No views really on the hike but the drive to and fro was colorful and mostly sunny. A very good day despite the change of plans.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-10-02 
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