|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH|
||Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, April 5, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked in Basin lot (one for southbound on I93). Recommend parking in Basin for northbound traffic. This would cut roughly 1/2 mile of walking. BUT I did get to see the Basin. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Low levels right now. Water crossings open but able to wade thru 1/2 inch at deepest point. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||None today. |
||None. Treasure this time... |
|Lost and Found:
||One very nice LL Bean snow shoe on a Basin trail. It is at trailhead sign. ||
||Well broken out trail from trailhead to summit. Stable monorail the entire way. Few postholes. Visible white blazes on Liberty Springs then blue blazes on Franconia. Bushwack is well broken out for those desiring to take that route to shorten the bike path route. Mr. Weeks (Wed, April 2) broke out the trail nicely between Liberty summit and Flume. Thanks! Made route finding a breeze.|
Yes, you will receive a spruce bough “car wash” descending from Liberty into the col. Someone took a saw to the worst of them.
Summit of Liberty is a mix of ice patches, rocks, and mud. Summit of Flume is pure snow.
Because of the warm temps snow is sticky. Great for descents, terrible for snowshoes. Heavy snow balled up and stuck to bottoms of snowshoes. This, in part, caused one of my bindings to break. Tried to make it all the way down in broken shoe but couldn’t... made 2 postholes towards bottom of trail when I had to resort to using my crampons. Well, I actually made 3 holes but one should NOT count. It is technically is a “body hole” complete with face print after attempting to jump across a stream on very tired legs, in crampons. So glad I was the only one on trail today!
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.