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Author:  Kathy [ Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:00 am ]
Post subject:  Liberty and Flume

On a gorgeous November day. When a friend calls you late on a Friday night and says they don't want to drive too far,
don't want to do more than ten miles and want views, what's a hiker to do? Franconia Ridge of course. With a promising forecast
and an early start to avoid crowds it worked out pretty well. Left the house around 6, boots on trail by 7:30 ish, lots of down time
with a break at the first ledges before Liberty then again chillin' and soaking up the rays on Flume. Car to car took about 8 hours.

Morning light
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First views looking north along Franconia Ridge and across to Cannon
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Looking across the Pemi Wilderness to Washington
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Lincoln and Lafayette from Flume
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Flume Slide
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Flume Slide Trail - NOT my descent route
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One of my favorite "look-backs"
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From the flanks of Liberty, looking across to the Kinsmans
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OK. First, SO nice to see the new signs sans graffiti and stupid carved initials or phrases. But what's with one being USFS and the other being USDA?

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Author:  Granite Guy [ Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

Kathy wrote:
On a gorgeous November day. When a friend calls you late on a Friday night and says they don't want to drive too far,
don't want to do more than ten miles and want views, what's a hiker to do?


Short of getting new friends, here's 52 ideas that fit the bill perfectly. :wink: http://4000footers.com/list_52wav.shtml I'm not sure which route you took for this hike. Out and back using Liberty Springs? Certainly was a perfect last couple of days though. I was wishing we had time for more than just a little local hike with the kids in the afternoon, but a couple easy miles was better than nothing.

Kathy wrote:
Flume Slide Trail - NOT my descent route
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Also, NOT the Flume Slide Trail, at least not the one I remember. Flume slide trail is actually mostly ledges in the woods. Starts about 1/10 of a mile south of the summit.

Author:  Kathy [ Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

Granite Guy wrote:
Also, NOT the Flume Slide Trail, at least not the one I remember. Flume slide trail is actually mostly ledges in the woods. Starts about 1/10 of a mile south of the summit.

Yeah, that's where I was, the trail - or at least what was a well traveled path - was slightly to the left in that picture.

AND, just for the record, I did not pick the hike. Though ON the hike I did pitch our list. Have forwarded it to my pal for perusal and her choice for our next outing.

Author:  Granite Guy [ Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

Kathy wrote:
Granite Guy wrote:
Also, NOT the Flume Slide Trail, at least not the one I remember. Flume slide trail is actually mostly ledges in the woods. Starts about 1/10 of a mile south of the summit.

Yeah, that's where I was, the trail - or at least what was a well traveled path - was slightly to the left in that picture.


Herd path down a slide, but not the slide, although that one looks more fun and scenic, which probably explains the developing herd path. The trail doesn't go on any open slide that I recall. All overgrown smooth (and slick) slabs of ledge and roots. It starts at the junction of the Franconia Ridge/Osseo Trails firmly in the woods with no views and signs.
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Kathy wrote:
AND, just for the record, I did not pick the hike. Though ON the hike I did pitch our list. Have forwarded it to my pal for perusal and her choice for our next outing.


In that case, back to the whole getting new friends thing! :lol:

Author:  JustJoe [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

Kathy wrote:
Granite Guy wrote:

AND, just for the record, I did not pick the hike.


Sure, sure! We all know you're gridding the southern Presi's and Franconia Ridge. :P

Author:  Kathy [ Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

JustJoe wrote:
Kathy wrote:
Granite Guy wrote:

AND, just for the record, I did not pick the hike.


Sure, sure! We all know you're gridding the southern Presi's and Franconia Ridge. :P

HA HA HA HA HA. Ya got me there - well, at least with the southern Presi's. Not so much the FR, except by chance - and that it's just such an awesome view bang for the effort buck! :lol:

Author:  BobC [ Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

Nice....those two peaks are always winners.

Author:  Wenith [ Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Liberty and Flume

BobrC wrote:
Nice.... those phallosan fortes are great two peaks are always winners.


Fantastic pics, sure looks like you had a lot of fun!

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