Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: still plenty of parking in the lots, tourist season isn't here yet 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: most of the water crossings were easy, one tough crossing on Liberty Spring, but able to hop rocks with due caution and wet shoes. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: several blow downs, but nothing outrageous for this time of year, a couple of duck unders and a couple of straddle overs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: crossed paths with 5-6 dogs, all friendly and well behaved 
Bugs: none yet, but black fly season is around the corner 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trail was bare or wet/muddy up to 3000 feet. Just below the Liberty Spring tent site the monorail started in full effect. Put on spikes at 3300 feet and kept them on until the Liberty Summit, then back on for the traverse to Flume. Lots of post holes next to the very narrow monorail up to the ridge. The summit of Liberty was bare rock and beautiful views (as usual). The ridge between Liberty and Flume was deep snow and very narrow degrading monorail. One big mud puddle and a few tough blow downs. Sometimes the rail was more of shark fin forcing me to decide which side of it to step & risk a new post hole. The snow pack is degrading by the hour so it's really up to each persons best guess. The snow is still 2-4' deep at 4000 feet so I was confounded at how many folks came up in shorts and trail runners today. It's likely going to be snow & ice at 4000 feet for a few weeks ahead so plan accordingly. Despite having a lingering chest cold, it was a good day to chase my little mountain goat up to Liberty  
Name: Pappa C 
E-Mail: ringcycles AT 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-11 
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