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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: East Basin parking is always well plowed and accommodates lots of cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All the brooks were partially open but easily crossed on rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: no blowdowns, but Flume Slide trail could use some more blazes, particularly when the trail zig zags and the last part before one hits the slide. If one is not very familiar with this trail it is easy to get lost; thanks to the boot marks from previous hiker I might not have hit the slide. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I don't think the slide would be doable. On all other trails they would not have a problem 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The Flume Slide trail has only been packed out by barebooters. I put on my microspikes once I hit Liberty Spring trail as the footing was quite icy under the one inch new layer of snow. Hikers who had barebooted Flume Slide trail went in, up, down, and back as far as I could tell from the foot prints. The slide was one frozen waterfall and I took my time, cautiously placing my full crampons on the ice step by step. At the upper third I veered to the left into the trees, following the footsteps. It would be best to stay on the left only for about 100 feet and then ease to right again where there is an opening to the regular trail. I followed the previous footsteps and the last few feet,before hitting the regular trail again, were through thick conifers. With the new snow on the trees I got pretty wet. Met only one hiker as I headed down from Liberty.  
Name
Name: Georg 
E-Mail
E-Mail: georg3@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-01-05 
Link
Link: http:// 
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