Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Bike path, herd path, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at the lot for the Basin on the east side of I93. At 8am there were a few open spots on the lower part of the loop and plenty open in the upper, much larger part. Note to those in charge of signage: the upper part of the loop is not readily visible from the lower part, and the only sign visible at the one-way turn up to the higher area is "Exit." I imagine the lower area could get congested from folks parking where they can, not aware of the additional space just around that bend. It might be useful to add a sign "Additional Parking" by that "Exit" sign. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy enough stepping on rocks; water not high. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Above the low junction with the Flume Slide Trail, there is one blowdown across the trail, an easy walk-around or step-over. Right after that is another tree still hanging from the rest of the trunk and crossing over the trail; this one is hardly worth mentioning, as it is a stand-up-straight walk-under, even for the tallest in the NBA. On the trip over to Flume, there is a blowdown across the trail a ways up the side of Flume. Hikers have been walking around this through the brush, so we got out the foldup saw and went to work. We took off the small branches and jumped on the trunk a bit, which lowered it a bit. With the branch removal it now is a fairly easy step-over. Someone with an axe can make a cut of the trunk and swing the top part to the side. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: There were a few out there, all well behaved. Just below the very top of Liberty, on the way over to Flume, there is a very short section of sloped ledge, which is tricky enough for a human hiker, and I wondered how a dog would manage it. However, there is a short bushwhack around this area that could be used; it starts just a few feet below the very top of Liberty, on the north side, and connects to the main trail just below that ledge area. 
Bugs: I didn't notice any until up by the tent site area. Then there some from there on up, although far fewer than in prior weeks. There wasn't much breeze up top to help. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Another nice day for a good hike with the OTHH.  
Name: Pappy 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-08 
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