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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Bike path, bushwack, Liberty Springs Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 28, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Basin lot had plenty of open spots. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock steps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were some stepovers and duckunders but nothing significant. There's the usual eroded sections but we saw at least one new waterbar on Liberty Springs. It would be easy to miss where the Flume Slide trail veers right off the slide ledges to begin its zigzag up the slope. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If in doubt do without, or better take another route. I'd hike it first before bringing the bud. It isn't that it's too hard but that some of the ledges can be quite slippery with significant falls once one is sliding. For the most part these can be avoided by using the side paths, just as people often do. The mighty tough little dog got a little cocky when I was assisting another person, and running a ledge crossing he went into a slide and roll before a nice recovery with my assistance. After that he was careful and safe. Sharon didn't bring Sadie this trip but thought next time she would if assured the trail ledges was really dry. There is plenty of water until reaching the slide, then the next water is down a fair ways on Liberty; so bring water. Pepper was doing the croc at a couple of the Liberty trail sippin and dippins spots that were just deep enough to lie down in. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some stinging bees on top of Liberty; some black flies on both Liberty and Flume. The black flies didn't bother me much but several women on both peaks were rather annoyed by them. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The slide's ledges were slippery forcing us to use the side paths quite a bit, quite unlike my last hike on this trail. My boots seem to have teflon on their bottoms anyway, but mix in some water and mud from wet spots, with the smooth crystals and (for lack of a better term) water residue on the ledges, and I wanted my microspikes in the worst places. There were a fair number of people on the slide and everyone seemed to be going slowly. We ran into more people and dogs coming up Osseo or Liberty Springs. It was a beautiful day out for a very leisurely hike, a great way to skip work.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 
Link
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