|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 18, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room in the Whitehouse trailhead parking |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The largest brook crossing crossed via a snow/ice bridge. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. There was one tree across the Franconia Ridge Trail which can be walked around by a short bypass or by ducking under. |
||Good for dogs |
|Lost and Found:
||The trails are packed out nicely. Earlier in the day there were postholes on the Liberty Spring trails from bare booters descending quickly. By the afternoon most of the postholes had been smoothed over by the day's traffic. The Franconia Ridge Trail between Liberty and Flume began as unconsolidated snow but had become packed later on. The only ice I saw was near the Mt Liberty summit but it was not extensive and was easy to walk over with light traction. Care must be taken when crossing at the top of the ledge just south below Mt Liberty on the Franconia Ridge Trail. This tricky area can be avoided by taking the short bypass skirts around the summit of Mt Liberty.|
I would recommend using snowshoes to preserve the trail surface. The only downside of the snowshoes may be some snow clumping underfoot.
Many hikers out on the trail today including two AMC groups. Nice to meet up again with Monkeys Uncle who hiked the full Franconia Ridge. Great views from both summits.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.