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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Basin parking lot is plowed, but narrow for parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all were easily stepped across. Some running water on the lower creek crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One step over log at approximately 1.5 miles up Liberty Springs 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none, but a lost dog poster at the trail head for a missing German Shepherd  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trail was firm down low, almost hard enough for bare boots, but a little loose snow. Above 2500 feet there is significant snow drift, 6-18" of soft snow over the monorail in sections. Glad we wore snowshoes from the bottom to the top and back. I wish the solo hiker in front of us has as well but instead left several sections of tricky post holes. We smoothed out the Liberty Springs trail as best 2 light weights could up and down. Until a significant melt/freeze cycle up high snowshoes are needed to keep the trail in good shape. Above treeline it was the usual mix of ice, wind slab snow & bare rock. Both the boy & I were exhausted from breaking trail for 2 hours on Liberty so we skipped heading over to Flume today. But the views of the surrounding peaks from the Liberty summit made the day more than worthwhile. We took the bushwhack back to the bike path, somehow we missed it coming up. It is also well tracked out. No one else on the trail today but the solo guy we crossed paths with.  
Name
Name: Pappa Carl 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ringcycles AT yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-27 
Link
Link: http:// 
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