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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: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Basin was nearly full when I returned, with a couple of cars parked along the exit, but with high turnover. Notch paving still going on but with no affect on traffic. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock steps over low water, even the deepest places were at best a quarter Pepper in depth. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No unusual problems beyond some eroded stretches except perhaps a lack of blazes for winter use. The footbeds of the Flume Slide trail and Liberty Spring above the wack are pretty nice.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The slide is not a route for inexperienced dogs, but Pepper's become quite familiar with it as he chooses it every time for reasons I can't fathom. It turned into a pretty easy day because unlike our last hike, the ledges were dry dry giving him a good grip and he knew all the safe routes. He benefitted from a couple of head dousings, water in the bowl and shade on both peaks; it being warm and there's no water after starting the slide until way down on Liberty. On our way down we me a beautiful Australian Sheepdog puppy (Tucker)on his first 4K, and shortly after that a forlorn guy who had just lost his A. Sheepdog hiking buddy a week earlier. I hope he got to see Tucker. We then met a funny small poodle (Heppy). 
Bugs
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Great day out today, unlike yesterday. We woke up too late to do our planned hike but this turned out to be a great substitute. The slide was fun, the views nice and the breeze on the peaks refreshing. Thanks Pepper. We saw only one couple on the slide, and a fair number (but not a crowd) of people on the two peaks. The last person we saw on the trail was a young man huffing his way up, bottled water in one hand, and a summer sleeping bag roll in its plastic store wrap in the other. I think he'll be one tired little cowboy when he gets to the tent sites.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-13 
Link
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