Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop

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Franconia Notch State Park

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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,677 feet Route Type: Loop

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2 days ago

Flume Slide Trail up (always), Liberty Spring down. Great views from both peaks. Slippery rocks from snow melt on Flume Slide Trail - definitely be careful as it is steep and you could slide far enough to get badly hurt if you misstep. Extra, and fast, river crossings due to snow melt.

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked this last summer and it was amazing. That being said, climbing the slide was tough and in retrospect I would have gone with someone rather than going at it alone. It had rained the day before so the rocks were super slick and finding places to confidently latch onto without slipping was tough, so think twice before going up if it’s rained. The hike to the slide was beautiful and the views at the top were incredible. I nearly kissed the ground when I made it! Liberty was great too, I had gone up early and had the top to myself for a half hour. Trails were clearly marked. Would do this again!

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28 days ago

Flume was pretty sketchy even to go up due to ice + steepness - definitely wouldn’t go down that way and if I were to redo this, would go up and down Liberty. Lots of ice on Liberty on the way down - the monorail has basically turned into a solid sheet. Some light snow dusting. Only saw one other group on the trail.

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1 month ago

I agree with the other reviewers. Go up flume and down liberty spring. There are no blazes in parts of flume, but the trail is easy to follow. You definitely need spikes. Don’t even try it without. The views are amazing. We passed three people the whole day.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked Flume Slide Tr to Mt. Flume & Mt. Liberty and down Liberty Spring Trail. Careful hiking up Flume Slide Tr. CAUTION: There are multiple packed down trails that merge off the true trail. Be very careful and attentive when following the trail and make sure you pay attention to the trail blazes. :)

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4 months ago

Hiked Flume Slide to Liberty Springs loop on 2/1/19. Flume is broken for the first 2-3 miles. Once you reach the slide, the footing is soft. Sheer ice covered by 8” or so of loose, powdery snow all the way up for the last 1,400’ or so of ascent. Made for a tough day, but we got through it. Definitely wouldn’t recommend attempting it with young kids right now. From the summit of Flume to the summit of Liberty and on down Liberty Springs is nicely packed monorail. No need for snowshoes right now. Microspikes will be fine for the entire Liberty Springs and Franconia Ridge portions. Wish the views were better. Cloudy, overcast day. Overall a nice loop. Not on the same level as the Falling Waters to Old Bridle that’s just up the road. But glad I did it and can cross the two peaks off the list.

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4 months ago

Did today and looped over to Liberty. Half way up trail packed down. Then the big surprise had to Bush whack the last mile wicked tough snow totals from past week about 8 inches so warning to anyone doing in next few days make sure u take snow shoes to make it or u msybe turning back. Happy trails the MAILMAN

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6 months ago

Took this loop from the Basin parking lot on 11/06 and it clocked in closer to 8.5 miles that way, trimming off some distance. My dog and I went up Flume Slide and descended Liberty Springs. The trail to the slide is easy to moderate, a very enjoyable walk with multiple water crossings. The slide is fun! It was wet and icy in spots, but still totally passable. For comparison, i hiked the Kinsmans three days earlier and was way more concerned and uncomfortable hiking an icy Fishin’ Jimmy than this slide. I think an agile, confident pup would have no problem with the slide in good conditions. The few places that were too icy for her to attempt, mine managed to circumvent just fine. (That said, I am sure there are plenty of dogs who would not be comfortable with such a steep climb; know your dog!) We took it SLOW up the slide (about an hour for a mile) and the whole hike including breaks took us 5 1/2 hours. Beautiful views at both summits!

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6 months ago

Completed this hike yesterday. Definitely glad I went up the Flume side and down the Liberty Springs trail. Between Flume and Liberty there are several trees down blocking the path. Had to navigate this. Must have been from the last storm to go through. Flume trail is a nice trail until the last mile or so. Then be prepared to climb straight up wet and icy rocks now. Took over 6.5 hours (closer to 7.5) because we stopped at the summit of both to enjoy the views and to have a little coffee to warm up. Also several of the river crossings were more difficult because it was up. Had to travel off the path just to find safe crossing on the Flume side. Met a nice gentleman on the way up. Was kind enough to take pictures of us when we reached the summit. Remember the time change and that sunset is much earlier now. Saw several without headlamps and heading up very late in the day. Oh and it was my first time hiking while it snowed. Made for some great pictures.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

What a trail! Possibly my favorite in New England only one it is even with Khatadin as my two favorites. This was harder. The weather was beautiful no clouds pure sunshine, however it snowed yesterday and that made this trail so much more fun. The snow was melting like crazy so you were hiking up a stream and everything was soaked. The streams you had to cross were very high so it made them a puzzle to cross. We went up Flume and down Liberty. Do not go the other way if it is wet. The rocks and ledges are intense and climbing up them was a blast and being wet made it even trickier. As you get to the top the trees and rocks are covered with snow and ice. When you walk through the trees they would dump snow on you often and even more often it felt like a constant rain through them because of the melting snow. That part got old after awhile but cant even begin to dent this hike. The views are spectacular at the top probably my favorite in the whites. The ever changing terrain on this trail made sure you were never bored. This was the hardest hike I have ever done and it was also the most pleasurable.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible hike for experienced adventurers! Though unassuming at first, this trail becomes extremely difficult at the scramble to the summit of Mt. Flume. Still, it's absolutely worth it for the views (of both Flume and Liberty), the endorphins, and the bragging rights!

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