Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Springs Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot at Liberty Springs Trailhead (start of Whitehouse Tr) was plowed and in good shape. 8 other cars at 9am and plenty of extra room. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Largest crossing on Liberty Springs Tr was partially bridged, with careful foot placement it was relatively easy to cross. Other smaller crossings were unbridged but easy to rock hop. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few stepover blowdowns higher up on Liberty Sp. FRT between Liberty and Flume was more problematic with a number of blowdowns but all navigable. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: n/a 
Bugs: n/a 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: n/a 
Comments: Took Liberty Springs Tr up to FRT to Liberty summit, then continued along FRT over to Flume, then retraced. Liberty Springs Tr was in great shape, hardpacked and only the occasional posthole. The lower sections near the water crossings are wet/bare/leafy as usual, but no big deal. FRT between Liberty and Flume was more of a mess; very choppy and postholed, really not very pleasant ... needs another 12" of snow and some good windy days to erase damage by barebooters.

Whitehouse Tr is its usual pleasant little jaunt, hardpacked and in nice shape.

Barebooted the Whitehouse Tr (Pemi Tr) in the morning up to the water crossings on Liberty Spring Tr, then switched to snowshoes. Wore snowshoes the rest of the way until about 1/2 back down Liberty Springs when I switched back to micros. Saw a few people with snowshoes, several carrying but not wearing, but mostly folks with micros. The micros were fine with the hardpack on Liberty Springs Tr but postholed very easily on the FRT between the peaks.
Name: Eric H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-27 
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