Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Flume Slide Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First in the lot at 4am - Basin Lot, trace ice - no issues if you watch where your feet are stepping on.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some open, all hoppable on rocks - felt bad for my spikes at each crossing, though. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Small tree down on FST, step over or walk around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only our two brothers and one other, clean passing as long as I preoccupied ours.  
Bugs: Not a one.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Go Pro mini-stand heading down we left it to the right side of the trail just after the merge of LST/FST. And also 1 grey/white/red/black sock in the middle of LST - planned on picking it up and leaving it at the TH on our way down but we continued over to the slide trail.  
Comments: Completely solid trek up Liberty Springs Trail, a few in our group used MicroSpikes, two of us used Hillsound spikes - no issues. No need for snowshoes at all until it snows again. Just a trace bit of loose powder blown on the FRT up to Liberty - snowshoes would have been essentially a waste of time to change into just for that.

The biggest surprise of the day was continuing to check out Flume Slide Trail - adequate steps completely kicked in the entire route up/down the slide. We trekked DOWN the slide..which I did not expect to do easily, epic epic hike down the slide, some ice but it was super easy to stay in the steps and use the packed snow for traction - thanks a million to those who came before us to make the trek so enjoyable for us!!

Anyone who wants to experience the joys of Flume Slide in winter.. now is your chance before the next snow comes in - or before the current snow melts into straight up ice. Very enjoyable day had with some New York pals!!

Happy climbing!
Name: Erik Hamilton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-07 
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