Liberty Springs Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,828 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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From the Whitehouse Trail, 0.8 mi. north of the Flume parking area, the Liberty Spring Trail climbs east as part of the Appalachian Trail to join the Franconia Ridge Trail near the summit of Mt. Liberty. The trail is 3.5 miles to the top of Mt. Liberty.

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome hike and view. There’s still snow starting half way up so spikes are still a good idea.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Guess the five stars is for the trail and the views at the top which were phenomenal. I’m not a huge fan of hiking without occasional lookouts or views along the way though. Today the trail was packed powder, lots with snowshoes but we opted for spikes which were perfect. Wanted to take a pic of the campers setting up camp just beyond the no camping sign. Yeah. GREAT DAY! Little wind and clear skies.

hiking
3 months ago

Microspikes the whole way as trail is very packed down. No views at the end of this particular trail map. You’ll have to go right another quarter mile to mount liberty but worth it.

If you want a hard, 2-mile climb to views unmatched, this is the trail for you. With winter upon us, the Flume trail is pretty much out so a good loop hike wasn’t part of the equation. Still, a beautiful hike as I was the first on the trail after the snow yesterday. Saw at least 4 different bear tracks that were fresh (after the snow fall, so less than 12 hours old). There were quite a few up near the tent platform sight (above and below) and more down below, within a mile of the trailheads. No spikes up until I hit the final stretch on the ridge, and then kept them on until the final ‘major’ water crossing because it was warming up down low.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Second time ascending first time with no snow. Little muddy at times. Top was crowded. But still some room to chill.

hiking
8 months ago

Bluebird day in the Whites with very little breeze, so it was cool and clear. I did an out and back on the liberty springs trail, going to flume and then returning. Visibility on both peaks was incredible. Met quite a few thru hikers from Georgia and shared fun conversation. Surprisingly busy for a Thursday in September, but I was able to enjoy quite a bit of solitude as well. Steady climb along the entire trail, and a great option if you want to hike both peaks but avoid the flume slide.

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11 months ago

very easy to start for about a mile and a half - even on paved road for a little stretch ! the incline is tiresome after a few miles but hey that's hiking. I chose to be at the summit for sunrise so my ascent was lamp lit.

My bf and I did this trail as an overnight backpacking trip! The first couple miles to Greenleaf Hut were BRUTAL! Constant rocky uphill. Fill up water where you can, there isn’t water past Greenleaf Hut until you get to Liberty Springs campsite. Greenleaf Hut was an amazing spot to chill out. They have fresh snacks and drinks for purchase. The views were beautiful, especially as you ascend above the tree line and onto the ridge! We were on the ridge at around 4pm and definitely needed a windbreaker, the wind was pretty chilling! We camped for the night at Liberty Springs. It’s a beautiful little site with 10 platforms available, first come first serve, for $20/night. Drinking water and a outhouse are available as well as bear boxes and a cooking area. The second day was pretty much all downhill and very peaceful. The last 1.5mi is on the bike path back to the parking lot along the river. Overall, 5/5 for the views and 5/5 for the difficulty!!! One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done.

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Fri May 31 2019

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Thu May 30 2019

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Tue Feb 26 2019

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Tue Jan 01 2019

Although it was the last day of the year, there were many people and a dog on this trail. No view until past camp site. From the top the view of the notch was spectacular.

backpacking
Thu Jul 19 2018

Got to the top when it was raining and foggy so not much to see at the summit on day 1. We camped on a platform at liberty springs and met some amazing people. Woke up at 4:30am the next day to hike up to see the sunrise. I know that sounds crazy but it was worth it!! There was still a lot of fog but the views were incredible. I would definitely do this again!

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Did this trail on a Thursday in early June to get up to Liberty and then across the ridge and down to Greenleaf Hut. Definitely a straight up trail and not many view points. Not really fun, except when I hit the Franconia ridge trail. I was super thrilled when I did, finally got a good view for the effort. No scrambling, nothing scary or challenging, no lovely water features (like I assume Falling Waters had). If you're not trying to bag Liberty, I'd say take Falling Waters up to the ridge... it would probably be a little less lame.

hiking
Thu May 24 2018

I wouldn’t rate this as hard, more of a moderate hike. The parking is about a mile away from the trail head from the basin, (I used maps app to find the parking and it was different than listed) we walked on pavement on the bike path for about a mile. The waterfalls are beautiful, the hike is not too difficult, and the view at the top of mt. Liberty is gorgeous! Keep in mind, it’s about 0.3 more to the summit AFTER the liberty springs trail. This only takes u to the intersection of Franconia ridge. About 7.7 mi total from where we parked to the top and out. Highly recommend

Sun Feb 11 2018

Steep!

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Mon Oct 16 2017

I was not impressed with this trail at all. It was very boring and not even remotely challenging. It was steep but had plenty of steps to assist you up this trail. If you are out of shape I could consider this to be a tough trail but if you’ve been hiking all summer it was actually quite easy. No scrambling was ever used; the trail was pretty straight forward. I actually wanted to hike the Mt. Flume slide trail instead but it was too dangerous to hike due to the rain.

Mon Aug 07 2017

Excellent hike, we were looking for something a little more challenging and definitely found it. Lots of people on the trail, was probably 10-20 degrees cooler up top so be prepared.

Mon Jul 03 2017

Great hike. It just kept going. Met several nice through hikers along the AT

Mon Apr 24 2017

Spring melt gushing over failed water bars on the first steep section, above the larger water crossing, making about 100 yards of the trail a soupy mess. Other than that, the snow mono-rail filled in the trail and made it smooth, steady climb.

hiking
Sat Nov 05 2016

Wonderful trail. Very good workout!

Wed Sep 21 2016

This is a tough walk with a knock out punch reward for a view. Its a little more then 8 miles out and back from flume visitor center. The trail is hidden from weather and vista until you pop out on liberty proper. The views of Franconia notch, lafayette, and the entire white mountain forrest are beyond words. you will work terribly hard to enjoy the view, but it is so worth it.

Thu Aug 20 2015

Good views from the top of Liberty.. Camping near summit.

hiking
Fri Oct 03 2014

Yes I agree with Kelly, this trail isn't as visually stimulating as Falling Waters but its a smooth easy path. I came down this trail from the summit of Liberty in late September and the tent sites water shed was basically dried up, so bring lots of water.

hiking
Wed Jul 10 2013

We used this trail to come down from the mountain after staying overnight at Liberty Springs Tentsite. It was super muddy due to the high amount of rainfall that they had, but regardless was a great little connector trail. Not nearly as spectacular as it's neighbor Falling Water Trail but easier to traverse.

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1 day ago

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