|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 31, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lots of room at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center. $5.00/car/day. |
||Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several blowdowns and lots of debris/low-hanging branches on the upper part of Osseo Trail. Sunglasses might be a good idea so you don't poke your eyes out. |
|Lost and Found:
||On the Lincoln Woods Trail and the lower sections of the Osseo Trail, there was a mix of well packed spring snow and monorail. On the stairways on the Osseo Trail (buried), postholes became more prevalent, and steps had been kicked into the snow to aid the ascent/descent. At the top of the steeps, there was a posthole farm of sorts that took some thinking to get around without creating more postholes. From there, the trail was better packed to the Franconia Ridge Trail/Flume Slide Trail junction. Near the summit, where there is a chute/slide of sorts heading straight down the west face of the mountain, there was an area of slushy, wet spring snow that required extreme care to cross, both going up or down. I carried snowshoes but didn't use them- despite the postholes, the trail was hard packed and snowshoes wouldn't have made any difference. Wore light traction roundtrip.|
Excellent peak on an excellent weather day! Did most of the ascent in short sleeves, and the views from the open summit were great in all directions. The last time I hiked Flume, back in September 2013, the summit was in the clouds with no views, so it felt nice to see something this time around.
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.