|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Bike path, bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 16, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at the Basin southbound. Plenty of room. We noticed there was also plowed parking at the northbound Basin exit. There's room for a few cars in the lower lot and more cars in the upper lot. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Saw two happy and completely adorable dogs today. |
|Lost and Found:
||We were first on the trail this morning. Overshot the bushwhack, then Sage saw very faint tracks of someone who had apparently overshot the bushwhack a day or two before. We followed those and ended up on Liberty Springs Trail, a tenth of a mile below where the normal bushwhack pops out. The normal bushwhack is broken and by now should be easy to find (lots of people out today, and we used the right bushwhack on our way back).|
Thanks to those who hiked this since the last big storm. Today, there were 3-5 inches of fresh powder down low and a bit more up top. Drift city between the peaks, except in the "carwash" parts. I led the way up to the campsite, then Alex took over and plowed through the knee-deep drifts between there and Liberty's summit. Sage had the honor of finding the trail and breaking through the drifts from Liberty to Flume. The trees are bent over into the trail and all the branches in the Pemi (or so it feels) are in your face all the way down into the col from Liberty's summit...especially if you're tall. Glad I still have both my eyes.
On our way back from Flume, we started seeing people. Lots of folks out there today, almost all in snowshoes. The trail is still soft and drifts up there happen overnight, so I strongly recommend snowshoes for at least tomorrow if not Monday as well.
Really nice to see Cynthia again, and it was fun meeting everyone else.
A trip report will be on Alex's blog at some point before next week.
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.