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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw two happy and completely adorable dogs today. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: TrishAlexSage 
E-Mail
E-Mail: patriciaellisherr@post.harvard.edu 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-16 
Link
Link: http://www.alexinthewhitemountains.com 
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