Franconia Ridge is arguably the most scenic hike in the White Mountains and that is no secret, which means that it can be a procession on blue-sky weekends. The Osseo Trail ends after 4.1 miles at a junction with the Flume Slide Trail and the beginning of the Franconia Ridge Trail. Females: if you have to pee, stop somewhere before getting to the trail. Perfect winter conditions, spikes the whole day. Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Springs Trail. lovely fall day but no summit views this am. We descended from Mt. The Osseo trail would probably be easier on pups than the Flume Slide Trail. The trail is 3.0 Miles (4.8 Kilometers) Singletrack in length with 15% Avg Grade (9°) and 81% Max Grade (39°). Love your photos, and as always, your narrative is a great read! Take Liberty Spring Trail until you come to a junction with the Flume Slide Trail, which you will then take to Franconia Ridge Trail. Quite a slog in 9:40. No bugs. You can also pair Flume with neighboring Mount Liberty using the Liberty Springs Trail and Flume Slide trail. SO glad I made the call to carry on to cross this one off my list (#22!) This is the more "interesting" way up Mt. The Flume Slide Trail can become technical in winter. To learn more about what this means and how it impacts you, please click here. If starting at the Liberty Spring Trailhead, this trail makes for a nice loop that involves summiting Mount Flume and Mount Liberty and descending back down Liberty Spring . Max is a two time National Mountain Bike Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Member. Winter Hiking Mount Jackson - NH 48 4,000 Footer. Beautiful views at both peaks. Exit bike path; R onto Liberty Springs Trail (big sign). This trail begins at the Lincoln Woods Parking area along the Kanc. a long day! Flume. Around 8.5 miles with about 2800 feet of elevation gain. Mt Flume – White Mountains, NH. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases from Amazon.com. and my first solo 4k hike (descent)! Please consult the park website. Although we did see several people going down the flume trail. It is only a detour of 50 meters or so and well worth it. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. saw many hikers just doing liberty and back... very few said they were headed down the flume. Even more amazing views there. The summit area … The trail starts .6 miles up the Liberty Springs trail and runs generally south and east before starting up the drainage that leads to the slide. If starting at the Liberty Spring Trailhead, this trail makes for a nice loop that involves summiting Mount Flume and Mount Liberty and descending back down Liberty Spring . Flume Conditions Reports by Month: A mentally and physically challenging loop. (Flume Slide Tr splits off from Liberty Springs Tr.) Flume Slide Trail – 9.6 miles round trip, 3,100 feet elevation gain The flume slide trail is a very steep but gorgeous trail that begins just after the Flume Visitors center. Trail route: Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail . Descend via Liberty Spring Trail. Two People, One Adventure. Great hike! Washington: II/II+ Very strenuous but very rewarding up the Flume slide. Osseo Trail – 11.2 miles round trip, 3,150 feet elevation gain. Watch for loose rocks on the slide. Turn R onto well-marked but narrow, overgrown Flume Slide Trail The first mile ascends moderately, then steepens, finally becoming very steep, wet and dangerous. Mount Liberty a… Liberty and back down that way. Liberty, from which there are 360 views. Crampons and ice axes are strongly recommended in this section due to its steepeness and trail conditions. Max opened and cleared the Flume Trail for mountain bike riding and hiking in 1983. This time I made it to the top 15 minutes faster, but we still hiked in the dark at the end. Once connected to the Franconia Ridge Trail, it's a short hike to the top of Mount Flume. spotty service messed with my mileage tracking. The slide lasts for 0.7 miles after which you will reach the Franconia Ridge Trail junction just 0.1 miles south of the Mount Flume summit. We stopped and had something to eat before continuing our descent. Climbing down this trail is strongly discouraged. Moderate climbing up to Liberty. This is a section of trail that is hiked most often for the Pemi Loop. Quite a slog in 9:40. However, Flume Slide is a very fun trail to hike. FLUME SLIDE TRAIL: Mt. Flume Slide Trail. The steep Flume Slide Trail is thus avoided. Flume is often accessed via the Franconia Ridge Trail from Mt. Hiking through steamy forests, through pitch black, waterlogged tunnels, and alongside narrow, and incredibly tall cliffs seems pretty intense, but the reward at the end of this dangerous trail is too good to pass up-- the world's most gorgeous hidden flume water slide. It was like like rock climbing puzzle - mesmerizing, meditative and a little adrenaline rush all in one. Was limping when I made it back to Liberty Springs parking lot to meet my friend but grateful for the friendly faces along the way, the cold streams to soak my ankle and my trekking poles!! What a crazy week! We brought Madeline and she did great. Ascent was the next best thing to Tripyramid N side. Foliage was beautiful and the hike was great. The hikers started at 9 a.m., went up the the popular Liberty Spring Trail to Franconia Ridge, south along the ridge and then tried to descend the Flume Slide Trail. euphoric view at the top once you break tree line. At the top of Flume, the views are westerly. 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). Flume and Mt. This time I made it to the top 15 minutes faster, but we still hiked in the dark at the end. late spring snowstorm that blanketed the higher summits with six+ inches of snow. Upon reaching actual steepness, Osseo offers a series of switchbacks and a couple wooden staircases. Share. Lincoln, NH 03251. The parking was ample and easy to find, I put the flume visitors center into my GPS and went a few feet further to the Whitehouse trial lot. Flume Slide Trail is a 13.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Flume Slide and Franconia Ridge (August 11, 2017) - 10 hours - Click on pictures to enlarge! Route map for 'Mount Liberty And Flume Via Flume Slide Trail' - a 12.1km walking route near Franconia, US. Liberty Springs Route : An alternate 5.1 mile class 1 route to reach Mount Flume is via Mount Liberty (4459'). Flume: II+/III : long sections of (typically wet) slab scrambling; hiking up this trail allows you to do a day-hike loop over Mt. Even back down in the trees the wind was blowing keeping it cold. Liberty and the descent was not as steep as the ascent to Mt. The Flume Slide was again arduous. We went up to Mt. Steep rocky punishing climb for over a mile. Great views, great weather! No bugs, gorgeous views and strange tropical-like but crisp breezes at the top. The view just before Mount Flume, on the summit of Mount Flume … The toilet was nasty, poop covering the seat, trash everywhere, ugh... Great hike and great weather. When he comes down, he just has an easy ~1.6mi downhill walk along the bikepath from Lafayette Place to his car. Overview In winter, the Flume Slide is transformed into a 1500-foot high, open snow-covered face of a semi-alpine nature. Flume, Liberty, NH: Trails: Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail: Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 6, 2021: ... Only a few people had used Flume Slide in the past couple of days. I suggest doing the loop to Liberty for going down the Flume would be a nightmare. 2020 - Year of the mountains!!! At the top of the slide, the trail veers left (north) and side hills toward the Flume summit, coming out just 0.1 tents of a mile below it. Reply. Hats off to them. You can also hike the entire Franconia Ridge with multiple routes to choose from. Elevation: 4’328. Once connected to the Franconia Ridge Trail, it's a short run to the top of Mount Flume. Absolutely amazing. There are other ways of ascending Flume. Reply Delete. 7/26/2020. Whitehouse Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail: Date of Hike: Friday, June 26, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: Left a bike in the Tramway parking lot, then drove to the Liberty Springs lot (just north of Flume Visitor Center) and parked there. it is 17 miles and that includes a pit stop at The Basin. ... Once again there was no lingering and we moved on down along the steep drop off of Flume slide. Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM. Getting to the close-over section gave me a little boost, but the final push was again difficult. Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Notch State Park Trail and Hiking Information. Liberty; most hikers will want to avoid descending this route: GREAT GULF TRAIL: Mt. Flume Slide Trail es un sendero de ida y vuelta de 8.3 millas con tráfico ligero localizado cerca de Lincoln, Nuevo Hampshire. going up flume was very challenging but would have been near impossible to go down. Max opened and cleared the Flume Trail for mountain bike riding and hiking in 1983. it's daunting going up, let alone down. The Flume Slide was again arduous. The plan for today was a hike up the very steep Flume Slide Trail to Franconia Ridge Trail then up to Mount Flume (4,328') over to Mount Liberty (4,459') and down Liberty Spring Trail. Mount Flume. Wonderful views in all directions at the summit. This hike only trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. We parked at "The Basin" and then walked south for about a half mile on a paved path before heading into the trail. In good snow years, it provides an exciting alternative to the regular Flume Slide Trail, adding a distinct mountaineering feel to what is otherwise a pleasant but fairly typical winter hike in the White Mountains. The weather forecast for the day looked great, mid-high 80’s, sunny, dry, low wind! This trail gave a challenge at points but was rewarding! Flume Slide trail is known for its notoriously steep wet slab climb to the summit of Mt. Liberty by winter hikers. Our plan was to go up Mount Flume (4327′) on Flume Slide trail, then cross over to Mount Liberty (4459′) and come down the Liberty Spring trail. Flume Trail Bikes and Tunnel Creek Cafe Owned and Operated by Max Jones and Patti McMullan. Overview In winter, the Flume Slide is transformed into a 1500-foot high, open snow-covered face of a semi-alpine nature. Getting to the close-over section gave me a little boost, but the final push was again difficult. The forecast called for clear skies and cold temps. If you don't have crampons, you'll have to go off trail to avoid these icy sections. Location: 44.1123390197754, -71.675537109375. The steep Flume Slide Trail is thus avoided. Having provided plenty of walking to warm up the legs, the trail eventually climbs a relatively steep bank. Consistently long, damp, and slanted rock slabs make this trail a challenge. Flume Slide Trail - This is the most direct approach to Flume, but it is difficult and rough. Even back down in the trees the wind was blowing keeping it cold. Flume because there isn't much rock-sitting space (must be worse on a Saturday). On a Thursday, it was a little crowded at the top of Mt. Flume. Flume Trail Bikes and Tunnel Creek Cafe Owned and Operated by Max Jones and Patti McMullan. The Water Flume Line Trail follows the path where a wooden structure, or flume, carried water from Spanaway Lake into Tacoma over a century ago. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from February until November. Avoid descent of the trail… There are rough and often wet slabs that require use of hands and scrambling. I would be joining hiking friends Jill, Mark, Guy, Jim, Amy and Robin for this challenging hike. The "slide" isn't horrible if you take your time, have watched the weather, are in decent shape and have appropriate gear. Trail gradually climbs NE . Osseo Trail – 11.2 miles round trip, 3,150 feet elevation gain This trail begins at the Lincoln Woods Parking area along the Kanc. Plotted with the plotaroute.com route planner. There was some warnings about the Flume Slide trail being tricky and treacherous – not advisable to do when raining or if trail was still wet, and not advisable to descend via the trail. took my time going down, often went on the dirt on the sides of the slide but it totally doable. Steepest mile of the trail … At the top of the slide, the trail veers left (north) and side hills toward the Flume summit, coming out just 0.1 tents of a mile below it. Trail Summary: This is a fun loop hike that gets two 4,000 footers using a steep slide trail. The first part is beautiful with a gradual grade and several small stream crossings. MTF005. In good snow years, it provides an exciting alternative to the regular Flume Slide Trail, adding a distinct mountaineering feel to what is otherwise a pleasant but fairly typical winter hike in the White Mountains. Los perros también pueden usar este sendero, pero deben estar atados con correa. Loved the scramble! Long drawn out descent on the Liberty Spring Trail. Fun! long and uneventful approach ~ 3 miles with six-ish stream crossings then you hit the slide. Specifically, we gained 1,638' in about a mile. Lists: New England 4,000 Footers, New England 100 Highest, New Hampshire 4,000 Footers: Mt. The trail does not leave the trees, so exposure isn't an issue until you reach the summit area. We then went north along the Franconia Ridge trail for about a mile to the top of Mt. what a great loop. This hike was a repeat from the 2018 Flume Slide hike with Scott and Steve. Regarding your assessment of the Flume Slide Trail, although I didn't do it under the conditions that you did, I agree that the trail is easier than one might expect. Awesome! John. The steep part of the trail is not well-marked. Epic views of Franconia Notch and the entire Pemi Loop. There were boot tracks but the trail was not completely packed down. Flume Slide Trail is a 3 mile blue singletrack trail located near Franconia Ridge & West Slopes New Hampshire. Flume of Franconia Ridge. The summit area … Website. It's a manageable hike then at mile 4 you go straight up for about a mile. Easy first 3 miles up the Flume Slide Trail. The path departs from Liberty Spring Trail 0.6 mi. Still, Saturday was a great hiking day in the ever popular Franconia Range, and we met a few groups on the Flume Slide Trail. Mt. The Pemi Trail Stopped briefly for lunch at Liberty and shortly at Flume, took us just under 5 hours (but we were cruising on the decent). This trail is less traveled and less steep than the flume slide trail. The views from the summit at Liberty by far is the best of all the views I’ve seen this year. The water carried through the flume supplemented a collection of existing wells, springs, and small communal water supplies to … Max is a two time National Mountain Bike Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Member. On the Flume Slide, it is incredibly icy, with 2-3 ft. covering the rock slabs. A fun trail (but dangerous when wet/icy) is an ascent of the Flume Slide Trail. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/flume-slide-trail Replies. I was apprehensive to take Conan up this trail since it’s not very dog friendly, but he’s done some steep climbs with me before so we went for it. Flume, then over to Mt. https://www.nhstateparks.org/covid-19. Once connected to the Franconia Ridge Trail, it's a short hike to the top of Mount Flume. The flume slide trail is a very steep but gorgeous trail that begins just after the Flume Visitors center. I would recommend taking the Loop going up Flume trail and down Liberty. ... Once again there was no lingering and we moved on down along the steep drop off of Flume slide. This hike was a repeat from the 2018 Flume Slide hike with Scott and Steve. The Flume Slide Trail is so treacherous that you should only climb it going uphill. half slide and half slabs, if you are into scrambles it’s a good time, kinda joking/kinda serious part of it was like a 5.4 climb (might be freaky for anyone who doesn’t climb). This hike starts at the parking lot found right near the Flume … Trail route: Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail . The slide was grueling but fun. This trail is less traveled and less steep than the flume slide trail. We stopped and had something to eat before continuing our descent. If starting at the Liberty Spring Trailhead, this trail makes for a nice loop that involves summiting Mount Flume and Mount Liberty and descending back down Liberty Spring . Reservations for day use are required. Great views from the top, of course. Either hike north to the Liberty Spring Trail and descend to Franconia Notch, or hike down the Osseo Trail from the summit of Flume to the Lincoln Woods trailhead. Still, Saturday was a great hiking day in the ever popular Franconia Range, and we met a few groups on the Flume Slide Trail. Tiene un río y es solamente recomendado para aventureros muy experimentados. TBH, I almost didn’t want the ascent to end. from its start at Whitehouse Tr. A few days ago, New Hampshire experienced a (very!) Flume slide is steep and requires rock scrambles. 360 degree views of the white mountains. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es mejor utilizado de febrero hasta noviembre. 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