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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH
Trails
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ample parking at the Liberty Springs trail parking above the Flume when we arrived around 9:00 on a Saturday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All the water crossings on the Flume Slide Trail were manageable by rock-hopping. Poles were helpful. Water crossing coming down Liberty Springs was a little trickier, but it had rained by then and we were pretty wet, so we just sloshed through. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few logs here and there that were easy to go around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We only brought light traction and debated long and hard about attempting Flume Slide, but in the end all the anxiety was for naught. There were some sheer, slippery spots that all could be easily avoided. We didn't hit patches of ice and some slushy snow until we were almost all the way to the junction with Osseo. We didn't put spikes on until we started the descent from Flume, based on other hiker reports. The monorail between Flume and Liberty was fairly stable and we had no issues with post-holing, though clearly some folks had previously. After another few days of warm temps, I expect the monorail to be unstable and/or diminished. There was some ice descending Liberty Springs, and we kept the shoulder-season spikes on well past the campsite, but we could have probably taken them off sooner. After that the trail was completely dry ... well, at least until the rain and hail arrived. Then the trail was a stream. :)  
Name
Name: TandemHiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dsmsbs@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-15 
Link
Link: https:// 
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