Mount Flume Loop via Liberty Spring Trail and Flume Slide Trail

5 reviews #85 hike out of 475 in
8.7 mi
Distance
3 hrs 59 min
Time
terrain
2,969 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Flume in White Mountain National Forest.

This trail goes by Mount Liberty, Liberty Spring Tentsite, and Liberty Spring.



    Rate this Hike

    user_profile stars
    1 year, 1 month ago
    A great challenging hike. I’m glad I left my dog home, he would have slowed me down. Slippery rocks but overall a beautiful day.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile
    1 week ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile
    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile stars
    11 months ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    user_profile
    1 year, 1 month ago
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Public Tracks

user_profile
fred 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Flume Slide, Mt Flume, Mt Liberty (12/21/19, 8:12:15AM)
This hike was a repeat from the 2018 Flume Slide hike with Scott and Steve. This time I made it to the top 15 minutes faster, but we still hiked in the dark at the end. Quite a slog in 9:40. The Flume Slide was again arduous. Getting to the close-over section gave me a little boost, but the final push was again difficult. Changing back to microspikes at the top of the slide, I had a pole malfunction and took almost a half hour getting one pole back together. Happily, I had the right tool. Coming down took almost 4 hours. The path down from Mt. Flume seems endless, and then the steep ascent to Mt Liberty is so grueling that I stopped a couple times. The snow wasn't more than 8" at the top, so I carried my snowshoes all the way. Richard kept his in the car---the superior choice. Breakfast at Flapjack's was again a good idea, but I still wanted snacks and warm tea during the hike. A few details on the Flume Slide ascent. We got to the steep section without issue, except the blue blazes stopped. I knew we were following last year's path on the gaiaGPS app. As we did the changeover to crampons, two youngsters passed us. They were planning on doing the whole Franconia Ridge to Mt Lafayette. Wow! For me, the going was tough all the way to the top, which took over 2.5 hours. The speed was so slow that the gaiaGPS app called it stopped. The crossover bit is at 3600'. After that is still almost 500' ascent, and I kept hoping to reach the top. At the end, I concluded this was my last winter Flume Slide ascent, an indication of how tough it was. The next morning, I questioned that conclusion. We'll see how I feel next year. Summary: 9.6 miles and 3500' ascent in 9:40, so it was an average of ~1 mile/hour. The Flume Slide was again grueling.
user_profile
threetrees2015 1 year ago
user_profile
jmerritt0885 1 week, 1 day ago
user_profile
Hobie 1 month, 1 week ago
user_profile
tylersheedy 1 month, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
sarasheedy 1 month, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
woodman583 1 month, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
bwilb212 1 month, 3 weeks ago
user_profile
pclemon 10 months ago
user_profile
cjoines 10 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
tjm.2 11 months, 2 weeks ago
user_profile
krisswest 11 months, 3 weeks ago
user_profile
Jesse 1 year ago
user_profile
dcasalena 1 year ago
user_profile
katiedc 1 year ago
user_profile
Neal 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile
rwilson0 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile
Kristen 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile stars
Lisa 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile
Aaron 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile
tjm.2 1 year, 1 month ago
user_profile
Suhrud 1 year, 2 months ago
user_profile
Jon Radoff 1 year, 2 months ago
user_profile
rajahamid12.7 1 year, 4 months ago
user_profile
Timex 1 year, 6 months ago
user_profile
Rich 1 year, 7 months ago
user_profile
Rich 1 year, 7 months ago
user_profile
ari.iaccarino 1 year, 11 months ago
user_profile
keller.daniel.p 2 years ago
user_profile stars
Allenb 2 years, 1 month ago
user_profile
olivermcrae 2 years, 1 month ago
user_profile
Saša 2 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
adepssimius 2 years, 5 months ago
user_profile
Elizabeth Stowe 2 years, 5 months ago
user_profile
Matthew Batchelder 3 years, 1 month ago
user_profile
olivermcrae 3 years, 2 months ago
user_profile
Kate.Charles 4 years ago
user_profile
Matt 4 years, 6 months ago
user_profile
John Newton 5 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
Nandor Szotak 5 years, 4 months ago
user_profile
Kristian Andersen 9 years, 10 months ago