Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Whaleback Mountain, Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails: Old Osseo Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We spotted cars at Lincoln Woods and then drove over to the start of the OOT at the Clearbrook Condo complex in Lincoln. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: OOT is in very good shape and is very easy to follow all the way toward Flume. Sure, there are some stepovers and duckunders, but the trail is abandoned (but does see some maintenance). It's blazed in yellow all the way. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure, if they are hearty trail dogs accustomed to winter conditions. We had one with us, but they turned back at Flume. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: We found the remnants of a hammock / tarp setup along the OT while descending Flume. Not sure what the story was there. 
Comments: Flume and Liberty with a twist. From the condos, we took the OOT up to Whaleback and encountered snow pretty quickly. It increased in depth as we approached the summit. Continuing on from Whaleback, the old trail is in great shape and meanders across the ridge at easy grades until meeting the current OT about 0.5 mi. from the summit. Winds were whipping across the summit of Flume, we didn't stay long. Ducking back into the trees, we arrived on Liberty with almost no wind. No views either. ;) Then it was back over Flume and down and out via the current OT to Lincoln Woods. Views opened up as we descended the OT at the ladder section, affording wonderful looks over to the Bonds.

Full on winter up on the ridge with about three to five inches of snow. We barebooted most of the route, but did switch to spikes descending off Liberty. Tha was short lived though as they balled up pretty quickly. The Osseo ladders were snow covered but easily descended. Nice to see the white stuff again!  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-10-23 
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