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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room in the Whitehouse trailhead parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The largest brook crossing crossed via a snow/ice bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. There was one tree across the Franconia Ridge Trail which can be walked around by a short bypass or by ducking under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trails are packed out nicely. Earlier in the day there were postholes on the Liberty Spring trails from bare booters descending quickly. By the afternoon most of the postholes had been smoothed over by the day's traffic. The Franconia Ridge Trail between Liberty and Flume began as unconsolidated snow but had become packed later on. The only ice I saw was near the Mt Liberty summit but it was not extensive and was easy to walk over with light traction. Care must be taken when crossing at the top of the ledge just south below Mt Liberty on the Franconia Ridge Trail. This tricky area can be avoided by taking the short bypass skirts around the summit of Mt Liberty.
I would recommend using snowshoes to preserve the trail surface. The only downside of the snowshoes may be some snow clumping underfoot.
Many hikers out on the trail today including two AMC groups. Nice to meet up again with Monkeys Uncle who hiked the full Franconia Ridge. Great views from both summits.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-18 
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