|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, herd path, bike path|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, November 29, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossing down low on Liberty Springs still open, but able to rock hopped. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One crawl over blowdown lower on the Osseo Trail and one higher up, plus a few more on the Franconia Ridge Trail. With another 3 feet of snow, it won't matter until spring. With the way the winter is shaping up, might not be an issue in a few weeks? |
|Lost and Found:
||Lincoln Woods had seen some snowshoe traffic prior to the previous night's snow, so trail breaking was not too bad. Ascending Osseo Trail, there was a track of one person descending on snowshoes, although it was partially filled in. The snow depth increased to around 4-8" for the most part, except for the area around the Flume Slide junction, which was deeper. The ladders were completely buried except for one rung partially sticking out. |
From what we could tell, it appeared that no one had been between Flume and Liberty in quite a while. Snow depth increased up to 12" and added to that heavy snow caused smaller spruce to block the way, which was an extra challenge to the trail breaking adventure. Liberty shortcut is broken out for now, we did not bear left and go around the cone across the ledges and boulders. It took two hours for nine people to break trail from Flume to Liberty.
Liberty Springs trail apparently hadn't seen much traffic either, with a lot of deep powder, but at least it was downhill and easier to follow.
Needless to say, there's a lot of snow out there! I think you know what I'm going to type. Everybody say it with me: Bring your snowshoes and use them!!!!!
What a day - a big thanks to everyone for excellent company on a tough day and who took their turns bashing snow off the spruce and plowing forward: Leon, Van, Claudette, Kevin, Ken, Rick, HikinGuy, HIker Ed!
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.