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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at The Basin lot on 93 North. Plenty of spots were available when we got there this morning but the lot was full when we returned this afternoon. The bathrooms are closed for the season.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were either bridged or had snow-covered rocks to step on.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A big blowdown on the lower portion of Flume Slide Trail - it looks like it’s been there a while. The end was cut and the branches were clipped.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a bunch of dogs today and they looked OK.  
Bugs
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing.  
 
Comments
Comments: Led this one for the Random Group of Hikers. The “bushwhack” up from the bike path to Liberty Springs Trail was snow-covered (3-5 inches) but obvious. There was a lone set of foot prints on Liberty Spring Trail. The Flume Slide Trail down low was snow-covered (4-6 inches) but obvious. When the steep section began the snow got deeper (6-8 inches). None of the snow was consolidated so it was a challenge, in some spots it was two steps up, one step down and in other spots it was two steps, ten steps down. We were able to stay on the trail with the exception of one spot at the beginning of the climb, it went around an icy section. Some wore snowshoes all day while others switched to crampons for the steep part. There were a couple of dozen people coming up via Liberty Springs Trail so that route should be well trampled, although the soft snow might not consolidate.  
Name
Name: Michael and Monica 
E-Mail
E-Mail: michaelfblair@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-15 
Link
Link: http://https:/www.meetup.com/rndmhkrs/events/268498611/ 
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