|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, July 19, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room in the Lincoln Woods lot. Toilet facilities. Fee lot. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No significant water crossings on this route. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. The stairs on the Osseo Trail are holding up well.
One tree fall high up on the Osseo Trail is a swing under on one end or a step over at the other end. All other blow downs are easy step overs. |
||Fine for dogs as long as they are comfortable with walking up/down wood stairs. |
|Lost and Found:
||The rivers are running very strong. Thankfully the crossing of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River is on a suspension bridge because it would be impossible to cross due to the strong current.|
The very start of the Osseo Trail was submerged from the overflow of the adjacent brook. I have never seen the water so high at this spot. An easy bushwhack in the woods for about fifty feet can get you by this spot.
There is running and standing water on both the Lincoln Woods Trail and the Osseo Trail. The running water is not deep so you can walk through these sections with only wetting the soles of your shoes. There is mud and standing water on all the trails. Usually, you can avoid the worst of the muck by using rocks, roots, or logs in the pathway. The stairs were not slippery.
Anyone planning a hike involving major stream crossings should change plans until the water subsides or expect a fording with strong currents.
There were good views from both summits and at the downlook even though the haze reduced the clarity.
Lots of hikers out today. Many were doing the Pemi Loop (most on multi-day treks). Others were walking various day hikes using the Osseo, Flume Slide, Liberty Spring, Skookumchuck approaches to the ridge.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.