Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at the Whitehouse TH and Lincoln Woods today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The only notable crossing was on Liberty Spring Tr. 2 out of 3 of us were able to rock hop using slightly submerged rocks and keep our feet dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some bend overs and a couple blowdowns. The usual spring debris. Nothing caused us to stay from the corridor.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Nothing too difficult for Marlie today. She postholed a few times but not nearly as often as the rest of us. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lots of wrapper pieces and other small bits of litter emerging from the melting snow. There were two pairs of socks in an old campfire directly in the middle of Osseo Tr. 
Comments: The snow started about a half mile below Liberty Spring Campsite. The monorail was firm for the most part going up. Microspikes worked well. Both summits were bare rock. Between the two the monorail was still pretty firm so we kept the snowshoes on our packs. Heading down Osseo I had planned on using snowshoes but a group had come up that morning and chopped it up pretty good. Between that and the rotting monorail and uneven snow it would have been quite difficult to stay upright with snowshoes on. We did our best to balance on the "rail" but as we descend the snow became softer and postholing was inevitable. The wooden steps are still mostly covered in snow. Around 3000' we were able to take off the microspikes and enjoy a mostly dry walk down and out of the woods. Thanks Bill and Kristen for coming along and making the traverse possible.

10.7 mi. 3600' elev+ 6 hr 50 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-04-30 
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