Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop

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Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop is a 9.8 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3677 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

1 month ago

Yeah, this one was challenging. Flume Slide was very moderate up until the last mile which felt like it went straight up. The rock scrambling was intense, and in parts quite dangerous. Even the peak over to Liberty was challenging but maybe because my butt was just kicked so hard, lol. As others have stated, I DO NOT recommend descending the Flume Slide trail. Go up Flume Slide and Down Liberty Spring, which is actually a very great trail.

1 month ago

Yikes! This one is challenging. Went up the Flume Slide trail and what started as a nice little stroll ended with rock climbing. The last mile is extremely hard. It was wet the day I went and very slippery. The view from the top is fantastic but this one is for experienced hikers only!

2 months ago

oh and gawd it's ridiculous and my feet hurt a lot, my poor wife who thought we were going for a few hours hike, turned into professional hikers...this one was for the record books. I can't believe we made it out, I thought we were done on the flume slide...we should have just turned around.

hiking
2 months ago

Tough hike but worth it!

trail running
2 months ago

If you're planning to run any portion of this trail, definitely start with the Flume Slide and come down on Liberty Spring. There's a lot of scrambling on the way up--it's really fun and the views at top are worth it, but it does make this hike one of the more challenging that I've done to date.

hiking
3 months ago

The summits of Flume and Liberty are beautiful but climbing up the Flume Ledges was one of the hardest things I've climbed so far. The first 3.8 miles was really flat and quick, but the last mile before the summit of Flume was terrible. The Flume Ledges took me a hour to climb up and it was slow because of a combination of climb up rock and the fact that many of the rocks were very slippery. I strongly advise against descending the Flume Ledges because of how steep the climb up is. Besides the steep Flume Ledges, the rest of the hike was very smooth and enjoyable. Excellent views of Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield.

hiking
3 months ago

This was absolutely the hardest hike I have ever done. The slide is no joke especially after it rains. The slide took us a couple hour's just to conquer and we all got dirty from crawling and scrambling. The rest of the hike is beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike. When we hiked it on Tuesday, three days ago, I have to say I kept Gianni Gugielmi's review in my head the entire time...we would say things like "here's the Satan rocks!" and "we're on the "Oh no no no" part!" Thanks for giving us something to laugh about all day Gianni! The way up was difficult and definitely just a step up from rock climbing. I personally really like hikes that are pretty straight up and challenging like that, so we had a blast. I also took my friend on this trail (her first 4000ftr in sneaks) and she was very sore the next day but also loved it. With that being said, do NOT go down the Flume Slide Trail. We came across some backpackers with top heavy packs and hiking poles who were having a lot of trouble going down. Hiking poles are pointless for this trail, but useful for Liberty Springs Trail. Do not go when there is a chance that the rocks are very wet. The beginning of the Flume Slide Trail is deceiving for what the end holds. Overall, we loved it but others might not be so keen. It really depends on what you are looking for. the views are also awesome! I recommend for hikers looking to challenge themselves and feel accomplished afterwards!

hiking
3 months ago

I would like to say that "very difficult" is an understatement. Although it was claimed as the stairway to heaven, believe me when I say that it was crafted by The abhorrent hands of Satan himself. Despite the first three hours of our traumatizing adventure being simple, the start of the "slide" almost signified the beginning of the denaturing of your muscles. We were continuously lunging, pulling, and slipping on wet, flat rocks which created near death experiences of rolling down an endless death slide to fiery pits of the underworld. As you continue to climb (not hike) your mind starts to realize that you are going much slower than what your body perceives. You begin to become physically unable, mentally unstable and emotionally distraught as you have about 2000 feet left to climb. Now, getting to the Peak is a great feeling. You can finally rest and head back down. Back down? Oh no no no. To get done with this quad-crumbling path, you need to go down the mountain and then UP ANOTHER MOUNTAIN. At this point it's almost like you have been tricked by yours truly, Lucifer. You realize you have to continue to rip your quads off the bone of your leg as you ascend for the second time. You then finally reach another peak and wonder if there's even a way down. You finally descend as if your legs already don't feel like a baby deer when it comes out of the womb. After crushing 87% of the bones of your feet and having all leg muscles encounter uncontrollable spasm, you reach the bottom. Just as you reach the bottom, you come to realize, after having war flashbacks of your body completely combusting, the creator of this trail had the lovely desire to make you walk another mile and a half to the parking lot. Your body is completely destroyed. I don't recommend it unless you enjoy all varieties of pain the rock of pure murder has to offer.

hiking
3 months ago

Not sure I'd ever choose to go up the Flume Slide again, but I'm sure glad to be able to say I've done it! One hell of a hike. Pretty much straight rock climbing for the last half mile, and it got pretty nerve wracking in some spots due to wet rocks. The effort is well worth it, though. The views on top of Flume and Liberty are my favorite so far. I don't recommend trying to go down the slide trail, nor would I take a dog on that section. You're really going to need both hands free for some pretty technical climbing. But when you're done, I can guarantee you'll feel accomplished.

hiking
4 months ago

So the Flume slide. fun until ya hit the slide...... ...Im glad I never will have to do this again. we got caught in the rain. Made it more slippery. I can see why so many accidents . Iam glad we did it..(I say that as we are finished) take your time. use your head.The views are amazing.awsome experience!

4 months ago

really cool. Flume Slide easy for first hour, then real steep with lots of climbing.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done, challenging hike with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. A little advice though, go up Flume slide trail because it is very tricky trying to go down it, had to slide down on my butt more than once.

4 months ago

The Flume Slide trail was so gradual and easy until it wasn't. The slides were hand over hand and technical in spots. The views from Flume and Liberty cannot be beat. I would do it again!! The Liberty Springs trail was a wonderful way to come down. I highly recommend this hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this loop yesterday with my GF and a friend and had a blast. We went up Flume Slide trail and as stated by some other people I would not recommend descending this side (definitely go up it). It was a bit wet from rain the previous night but with some caution we were fine getting up. At the top is a ridge you need to cross to get across Mt Flume back to the trail and seeing as my GF has height issues we had to stop a couple of minutes to calm the nerves and then cross. Personally I like exhilarating spots like this so I really liked it! The hike says 9.8 miles, another gentleman on the trail told me 10.1 - point being is it's not short so get started early if you don't want to get back late. We started at 10:30am and finished around 6pm (we also stopped multiple times for lunch and scenic views.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Tough day to get up flume slide. The rock face was slippery and it made for VERY slow going. The brooks were rivers and we had to take our boots off to cross most of them. I do t recommend going up flume slide after a huge rain storm. But I will definitely do it Again when the ground dries out. Ended our day with VERY wet boots.

6 months ago

brutal and worth it

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Very difficult but the views at the top so rewarding. I hike up flume slide which was a great challah but glad I did it and I would do it again :)

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Definitely one of the top loop hikes you can do anywhere. Great waterfall views on the way up beautiful views off a spur and the top is just amazing.

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