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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Basin lot; plenty of space on a cloudy, cool weekday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lots of crossings on Flume Slide Trail, all do-able, but care needed on several. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None; too cold for the little monsters 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Rugged day on the Flume Slide Trail. We knew it would be challenging, and it was. The slabs were really not a safe option for us (two old guys), so we bushwhacked along the sides, sometimes left, sometimes right, sometimes in the middle. It had snowed the previous day, so we were constantly wet from dripping off the trees. The route was difficult to follow, and it took a long time to reach the ridge. Once we hit the junction of the Osseo, it was much easier going. After we rounded the top of the Flume Slide (in the clouds) and passed over the summit, we hit the monorail (with a half-inch of new snow on top) which ran the entire length of our transit over to Liberty, then beyond, and then down the LS Trail until about 600-800yards below the tent platforms. We had very changeable weather - clouds and wind on Flume, then brief blue skies on Liberty, then snow squalls (actually 'graupel' squalls) and wind as we were leaving Liberty summit, then more sun, then squalls, and further down - light rain. We wore microspikes all along the ridge and a ways down the LS Trail. Views were glorious during the brief sunny interlude on the summit of Liberty; that was great reward after CSS conditions on Flume.  
Name
Name: John Parsons 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jparsons62752@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-13 
Link
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