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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Basin Lot was plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few small water crossings, not really bridged, easy enough to jump over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one friendly dog! 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I think I lost my cell phone, a Moto X, somewhere in-between Mt. Liberty and Mt Flume. It is in a grey case. 
 
Comments
Comments: Nice day for a hike! Trail was pretty broken out up to Mt. Liberty summit (thanks in particular to BAXTERSMOM for her efforts yesterday!).

But then we got to Mt. Liberty and decided that we were feeling strong....so....why not go over to Mt. Flume too? It seemed like one gentleman had gone this way in front of us. So, we continued on. This was fairly hard, maybe the hardest mile or so of trail I've ever hiked. Tons of snow, downed trees, branches covered in snow. We ducked, crawled, and staggered over to Mt. Flume. And then we immediately turned around and headed back. Going back was a lot easier, since the trail was pretty broken out at this point. Just before we reached the summit of Liberty for the second time, we had to deal with a bunch of postholes that I believe two guys created. This sucked.

Not a huge amount of wind on top today, and warm temps too.

During our descent, we were treated to really beautiful alpenglow. We got out of the woods just after dark, using headlamps.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: in conditions like these, please wear snowshoes!
 
Name
Name: kevin clark 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kevin_d_clark [at] yahoo [dot] com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-18 
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