The rest of the hike felt like a breeze after getting to Flume peak, but Liberty was a fairly steep and steady downhill descending stair-like boulders. Mount Flume and Mount Liberty are both part of the Pemiloop, but they can be summited without embarking on a 30+ mile backpack. Flume has a cooler rock formation (IMO) and liberty has more room for folks to take a break. coming down off liberty wasn't bad--only steep for maybe .2 miles, then lightens off. The hike starts at the Flume Trailhead along I-93. Just where the Osseo Trail intersects with the Flume Slide trail there is a small side trail that leads to a lovely lookout (signed with a sign that has an arrow). Loved this hike. Flume's summit. The slab incline is legit and will challenge all! You’ll work hard for no view, and the rocks will be treacherous if wet. Mount Flume – Liberty Loop With the last Friday of ‘Summer’, Clark and I headed back to the New Hampshire to finish off the Franconia Range 4,000 footers. Rock climbing shoes would have been helpful. For those who like to run, Flume Slide is awesome...up until the slide of course;-). This is absolutely my new favorite trail in the whites! If you like hikes with constant views, this is not for you. We went up the Flume Slide Trail, which involves a long, featureless, and viewless approach hike from the trailhead at 1,400' to the bottom of the Flume slide at 2,800'. On a clear day like ours we could see Mt Washington. Going down this, especially in this time of year with some black ice here and there would be a bit questionable. After enjoying the summit, continue along Franconia Ridge Trail in a northerly and then westerly direction for 1.1 miles which will bring you to the summit of Mt. Mt. And well worth the effort as the view at the top of flume is great. Definitely go UP Flume and down Liberty. We didn't need a sun hat or sun screen. Start time was 7:45am. There were times I would look up for that blue blaze and wonder if I was on the right rock slab. The “LST” will take you to the top of Liberty Mountain, but we wanted to climb Flume first, so after 0.5 miles we turned right to head up blue blazed Flume Slide trail. It’s a 5 star trail. Liberty via The Flume Slide Trail for ascent and Liberty Springs Trail for descent. Unlike the wide open ridgewalk found on Mt. Flume and Liberty Loop is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. From the Flume Visitor parking lot it is 0.7 miles to the Liberty Spring trail head along the paved and mostly flat bike path. Date: October 23, 2004. The slide part is hard to describe. There are a few off-trail trails for some of the very steep parts. Liberty Springs Trail- This is the most direct approach to Mt Liberty and is often used as part of a loop with the Flume Slide trail or as and out-and-back to Flume. I'd say if you go up the Flume Slide Trail, sturdy hiking boots are a must. at the slide you have to trust your upper body to pull yourself up the slabs at times and its a much more technical climb than many of the other 4000 footers. We parked at "The Basin" exit and walked south about a mile down the bike trail until it met up at the junction with the Liberty Spring Trail/AT. It was very rewarding once you got to the top - gorgeous views at both Flume and Liberty. Things to do near Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop. The 0.6 mile hike on the Liberty Spring trail to the crossroads between the Flume Slide Trail and the Liberty Spring Trail is an easy walk through the woods. Cold, icy, very windy, exhausting, but exhilarating with excellent views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness when the weather is clear. After Mt. Sturdy hiking boots and poles were really helpful. by Bill Newman. On Mount Liberty you get 360 degree views and can see Little Haystack, Lincoln, Canon, and the Kinsmen. There is a tent site right off of the Liberty Spring trail, and there is a good water source (that is signed) just below it. Great care should be taken when hiking up this trail, especially if accompanied by children or a dog. Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Trail back back to parking lot is pretty consistent rocky grade, not as steep as the way up. I'd only recommend descending it in this weather (6" of snow turning to a frustrating slush) if you're A) insane, B) very experienced, or C) a glutton for punishment (any combination works actually). For any trekking speed, it is a very chill incline. Liberty (4,459’) and Mt. Interested in how our wines are hand-crafted, right here in New Hampshire? no fee and it has a bathroom. We hiked the loop over Flume and Liberty Sunday. Liberty. Happy hiking! This trail should be marked extreme if you made the bad choice to go up liberty and down Flume. Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Mt Flume and Mt Liberty are the two southernmost 4000 footers on the southern end of Franconia Ridge. Crampons/microspikes are absolutely required. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Our previous attempt to climb Flume and Liberty a few weeks ago was scuttled due to bad weather and we ended up climbing Cannon. Great views from Flume and the slide trail hugs the ridge on the way there, really cool. On Mount Liberty you get 360 degree views and can see Little Haystack, Lincoln, Canon, and the Kinsmen. Great 360 views. Flume (4,327’) are two 4,000-footers usually hiked together. Mt. Flume was about 6 miles and it’s almost a 3,000ft climb up. From Mt. Essential gear: microspikes (or more) and strong mental fortitude. Intermittent mist with temps ranging from mid 30s to mid 40s and ~30mph wind at the top. There are several water crossings along the way, today all of them were fairly easy to rock hop over. It’s a very quick hike from Flume to Liberty so definitely always make it a loop. Great loop. You can loop Liberty into a short day hike while also grabbing Mt Flume. We parked at the Flume Visitor Center- near the bike trail entrance in the most northern parking lot (the lot for buses and trailers, but there are spots for cars too). the only reason I wouldn't give this a five star is the markings. Let me reiterate how annoying it was to slog through that snow/slush mix. From there we took a right onto Liberty Spring trail and then broke right again onto the Flume Slide trail. We had 2 liters of water each and got through about 1 liter each. Liberty Loop Getting there: We drove up I-93 N to Franconia Notch State Park. Only bad part was walking the snowmobile trail/bike trail to trailhead. Flume before and Peter Wyatt suggested that we take care of that blemish on my record. make sure you have good boots/shoes as the ground is very sandy and washed out--not great footing. We had a larger group so it took us 7.5 hrs with many breaks. It leaves the bikepath at the junction with the Whitehouse trail and climbs to the Liberty Springs campsite at 2.6 and then .3 miles further to the Franconia Ridge trail. Liberty (4459 ft). Enjoy the views along this trail, as they are among the best in the White Mountains. Pay attention to where your parking spot is as it informs which turns you take on a trail. Continued via a left at Liberty Springs Trailhead. 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If it was a warmer, clearer day, both would have been good at the summits. as others have said, this hike starts out very manageable and once you get to the flume slide the difficulty really picks up. The "slide" comes from there being rock avalanches. Liberty’s true identifiable birthmark, however, is the final scramble to the summit over a rock formation easily … My 4 stars are really for AllTrails because categorizing this as hard misses the fact that it’s really next level hard. Winds were negligible at the summits. The Pemigewasset Loop, known locally as the Pemi Loop, is a classic White Mountains backpacking trip. Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop: 10 mile Loop of Mounts Flume and Liberty - See 3 traveler reviews, 4 candid photos, and great deals for White Mountains, NH, at Tripadvisor. Mount Liberty Climb Did this mountain as part of the Franconia Ridge loop; an 8.9 mile trail over 6 summits, including Lafayette. There was just the tiniest bit of snow near the peak, but nothing to worry about. Once you pass the worst of it, there is still a good climb up a "traditional" White Mountain scramble. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. My partner and I went up the Flume. Trek to the peak of Flume took 3hr20min, then 46 min to Liberty, and 1hr32min from there back to the Basin trailhead. Would def be even harder if shorter. The slide trail is easy going for the first few miles (crosses several rivers) and then the last 1-2 miles is VERY steep sheet rock that you almost have to boulder your way up (there are ledges along the way to rest though). Flume-Liberty Loop (September 2, 2011) 10 miles, 7.5 hours I had never climbed Mt. There is no port-a-potty at the trail head (like at some of them) so plan accordingly. The shortest and easiest route is up and down Liberty Spring. Finally, onto a real trail… The Liberty Springs trail starts out pretty easy but has a few ups and downs. its a grind but so much fun imo! Adventure: The Mt. Incredible views, but very challenging/technical hike! Trailhead: After the Flume Visitor Center parking lot, exit 34A off 93 (note that there is construction right now, so take exit 33), there is a big wooden sign that says "Trailhead".The official name is the Whitehouse Trailhead, although it's not well marked as such. Then you get to the steep part, which is about a mile and a half and most of it is traversing up straight rock faces. Liberty, continue a short while longer on the Franconia Ridge Trail until you reach the Liberty Spring Trail. After the Flume slide trail the rest (the Franconia Ridge and the Liberty Spring trails) seemed normal- some scrambles, some rolling bits, nothing too taxing. The trail at times is poorly marked. I wouldn’t do this trail if you’re not experience. Mt. Liberty Springs is a pretty rocky/bouldery steady descent. Flume Slide Trail. flume go across to Mt. Incidentally, a nice loop is formed when climbing Liberty and Flume together as a day hike using the Flume Slide and Liberty Spring Trails. Sometimes called “Fliberty”, they’re frequently hiked together in a loop since they’re only separated by a 1.2-mile walk along the top of the ridge. I am so glad I read some reviews beforehand and went UP Flume and down Liberty as I'm not sure I would have been physically able to go down Flume slide trail. DO NOT GO IF RAIN IS FORECASTED!! https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19, great hike with nicely packed snow. This is a 9.8 mile loop hike with 3700 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. Mount Flume and Mount Liberty as a loop hike, starting up the Flume Slide Trail and coming down the Liberty Springs Trail. This trail is amazing, I definitely recommend it! 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