This is a classic loop hike in Franconia Notch State Park that takes you to the summits of Mts Flume and then Liberty and along Franconia Ridge, giving you spectacular views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Of course it is incredible to hike this in the fall to take advantage of the fall foliage and cooler temperatures, but the spring and summer are wonderful hiking times as well.
The hike begins on the Liberty Spring Trail. After .6 mi, you'll bear right onto the Flume Slide Trail. From the start of the Flume Slide Trail, it is 3.3 miles to the Mt. Flume summit (4328 ft). The Flume Slide trail is steep, rocky and slippery most of the time. This is the reason I rated the trail as difficult. At times you may be required to do a small amount of scrambling, and it is generally not recommended to hike back DOWN this trail. Once to the summit of Mt. Flume, head north on the Franconia Ridge Trail for 1.5 miles taking you to the summit of Mt. Liberty (4459 ft). Enjoy the views along this trail, as they are among the best in the White Mountains. From Mt. Liberty, continue a short while longer on the Franconia Ridge Trail until you reach the Liberty Spring Trail. The Liberty Spring Trail (2.9 miles) will take you back to the trailhead.
Take I-93 to Exit 33 "North Woodstock, Lincoln, Indian Head Viewing" for NH 3 North. Pass sign "Welcome to Franconia Notch State Park". After 2.3 miles, pass Flume Visitors Center. Continue on NH3 North for .2 miles and take a right after sign for "Trailhead Parking".
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Posted By: rickm4
- Mon Nov 03 02:58:58 UTC 2008
UpsideSteep flume slide trail! It was a rush hiking up this trail. a few tricky spots in wet conditions with an overnight pack. DownsideNone. CommentGreat Hike! I did this as my first solo overnight in the late spring. Saw the sunset and rise on top of Mt. Flume. Nice secluded trail all the way to Mt. Liberty holds the best views of the trip.