|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 23, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln woods trailhead: Very few people in the lot when we arrived at 730am |
||Wet Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Hiked with hillsounds from the bridge to Mt. Flume. There were postholes, what looked like days old snow, and we punched Through the second we stepped off the very thin mono rail. Things were already mushy when we passed the elevated brook ridge shortly after jumping on the trail. |
We were ulta focused on staying on the trail as to not post hole which was exhausting as the snow on the ascent was already soft.
The ladders were 95% snow covered which of course was soft and crumbling so this section was steep with some slippage. After a short series of narrow switchbacks and eventually meeting up at the flume slide trail we met up with the franconian ridge. The summit is very close at this point but the melting crumbling snow made us have to boot ladder a bit up the ridge trail to the summit.
Bluebird, windless day. Had the summit to ourselves besides 1 dude in a teeshirt and snowshoes who came by to grab flume.
We left the summit and the ridge trail heading back to osseo. I used snow shoes from this point to the ladders, where i opted for spikes, but once the trail gradient reduced i put the shoes back on. The trail was sloppy and very mashed potato like, there is still 3-4 feet+ right off the withering monorail.
Switched to spikes about .5 mile from Osseo/lincoln woods trailhead. In this section there are some bare spots that are dry (no snow or ice)
Lincoln woods was packed but wet, we only saw 2 dog walkers on our trek back to the car.
If your going up this way, snowshoes are needed.
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.