I am not sure what to say...I dont recommend it on any hike. While Mount Liberty and Mount Flume are almost entirely forested, their summits rise just above the treeline, providing views of the area. This intimate tour of the winery and chat with the winemaker is a fantastic way to experience Seven Birches Wines. 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Loved this hike. From the start of the hike to the summit of Mt. In winter months, the flume slide trail is extremely ice and difficult. as others have said, this hike starts out very manageable and once you get to the flume slide the difficulty really picks up. We started hiking the 4,000 footers last year and Mount Liberty has been my favorite to far. Mt. Definitely go UP Flume and down Liberty. I'm 5'2 and two times my partner had to hoist me up sections because I couldn't reach footholds/handholds. The Franconia Ridge Trail, which coincides with the Appalachian Trail from Mount Lafayette to Mount Liberty, traverses the ridge over all the aforementioned mountains. Only bad part was walking the snowmobile trail/bike trail to trailhead. Overall the trails and views were great, well worth the hike. Several times we went off the "trail" (i.e. Flume and Liberty Loop is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Would def be even harder if shorter. Things to do near Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop. Flume, head north on the Franconia Ridge Trail for 1.5 miles taking you to the summit of Mt. coming down off liberty wasn't bad--only steep for maybe .2 miles, then lightens off. The summits are as good as it gets. Great views from Flume and the slide trail hugs the ridge on the way there, really cool. If it was a warmer, clearer day, both would have been good at the summits. After the Flume slide trail the rest (the Franconia Ridge and the Liberty Spring trails) seemed normal- some scrambles, some rolling bits, nothing too taxing. the only reason I wouldn't give this a five star is the markings. Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop, Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch, Flume Slide Trail to Liberty Spring Trail Loop, North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail via Lonesome Lake and Appalachian Trail, North Kinsman, South Peak and Cannon Balls Loop Trail, Lonesome Lake via Cascade Brook and Pemi Trail, Cascade Brook, Lonesome Lake, North Kinsman and South Kinsman Mountain Loop, Mount Liberty, Mount Flume, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette, Kinsman Loop via AT and Cascade Brook Trails. Approximately 10 miles round-trip. If you want to avoid the Flume Slide trail but want to summit Mount Flume you can go up the Liberty Spring trail and then go down the same way. Recommended gear: hiking poles, gaiters. Mount Flume is an awesome hike. The Flume Visitor Center opens at 8:30 am, so best to come before then. Mount Flume + Mount Liberty Loop: 10 mile Loop of Mounts Flume and Liberty - See 3 traveler reviews, 4 candid photos, and great deals for White Mountains, NH, at Tripadvisor. Pay attention to where your parking spot is as it informs which turns you take on a trail. I'd only recommend descending it in this weather (6" of snow turning to a frustrating slush) if you're A) insane, B) very experienced, or C) a glutton for punishment (any combination works actually). We parked at the Flume Visitor Center- near the bike trail entrance in the most northern parking lot (the lot for buses and trailers, but there are spots for cars too). The slide part is hard to describe. On a clear day like ours we could see Mt Washington. Intermittent mist with temps ranging from mid 30s to mid 40s and ~30mph wind at the top. The Flume Slide Trail is particularly dangerous because the trail climbs up steep rock faces that are wet and have small streams running down them. No regrets there. I thought it was going to be less steep because the Flume Slide had been so gradual before the big climb, but then again, it was a big climb. Liberty, NH: Trails: Bike path, Liberty Spring Trail, Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail: Date of Hike: ... we figured it was more dangerous to descend than to keep going and do the loop. The 0.6 mile hike on the Liberty Spring trail to the crossroads between the Flume Slide Trail and the Liberty Spring Trail is an easy walk through the woods. We had a larger group so it took us 7.5 hrs with many breaks. It leaves the bikepath at the junction with the Whitehouse trail and climbs to the Liberty Springs campsite at 2.6 and then .3 miles further to the Franconia Ridge trail. Hike Length: Dayhike. Sometimes called “Fliberty”, they’re frequently hiked together in a loop since they’re only separated by a 1.2-mile walk along the top of the ridge. Trek to the peak of Flume took 3hr20min, then 46 min to Liberty, and 1hr32min from there back to the Basin trailhead. We are hikers, but in our 50s, and I'd say we go at an average pace. This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Flume in White Mountain National Forest. This is a 9.8 mile loop hike with 3700 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 4-6 hours to complete. Total around 5.5 hours. Mt Flume was the first peak we hit doing the pemi loop. No view (unless you count clouds). Start time was 7:45am. Happy hiking! Going down the liberty is steep but doable, nothing compared to going up Flume side. Enjoy the views along this trail, as they are among the best in the White Mountains. Liberty is under cover of interesting alpine tree growths. For those who like to run, Flume Slide is awesome...up until the slide of course;-). Getting to the top of flume is absolutely beautiful, and then walking over to liberty is not super difficult. Altogether it is 10.1 miles (8.7 if you don't count the flat bike path bit). Liberty. For the first 2 miles of the trail it was gradual up. Date: October 23, 2004. My 4 stars are really for AllTrails because categorizing this as hard misses the fact that it’s really next level hard. Coming from Mt Flume you drop about 500′ before heading back up making it a bit of a climb but definitely worth it. We decided to climb up the Flume Slide Trail to Mount Flume, make our way along the Franconia Ridge Trail to Mount Liberty, and then hike down the Liberty Spring Trail to get back to the bike path and then back to the car. The Mount Liberty and Flume loop is a fantastic day hike and is highly recommended. Mt. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. The classic loop hike for Liberty is up the Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ride over Flume to Liberty, then down the Liberty Spring Trail. If you don't like scrambles don't do this hike. The slide trail is easy going for the first few miles (crosses several rivers) and then the last 1-2 miles is VERY steep sheet rock that you almost have to boulder your way up (there are ledges along the way to rest though). It’s a 5 star trail. We had 2 liters of water each and got through about 1 liter each. This is the lower loop on the Franconia Ridge which summits Mount Flume and Mount Liberty. There was water running down the steep bits and it was slippery on top of everything else. Great trail I enjoyed the flume slide trail. Once you pass the turn off to the Cascade Brook trail and cross a bridge it is right there, and well signed. We were tired from the previous days hike, so we're very happy to take the bus to the starting point. Beautiful short hike to the flowing gorge. Park at the Flume visitor center in the furthest parking lot and get ready to hike! Trailhead: After the Flume Visitor Center parking lot, exit 34A off 93 (note that there is construction right now, so take exit 33), there is a big wooden sign that says "Trailhead".The official name is the Whitehouse Trailhead, although it's not well marked as such. DO NOT GO IF RAIN IS FORECASTED!! For any trekking speed, it is a very chill incline.