Ascent of Mount Flume on 2014-03-01

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Kathryn Stephens
Pierce Miner
Date:Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Flume
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4328 ft / 1319 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left Boston around 6:20AM, stopped in Concord for trail food, and reached the trailhead just after 9AM.

The lower 4 miles or so are pretty flat, but offers an easy, beautiful walk through the woods. The lower section is all deciduous trees, so visibility through the trees was very good. The snow was hard packed on the trail, with just some light post holing, but off the trail the snow had a hard crust over about 2 feet of powder.

We stopped for a snack about 3 miles in and were passed by a large group of french-Canadian hikers that continued up the ridge past the summit. The flume slide was covered in alot of snow, and was moderately stepped by the group ahead of us. There were just a couple spots where the snow gave way and uncovered bare ice underneath.

The start of the flume slide

Mt Moosilauke to the southwest.

Mt Liberty with Lafayette in the background.

Loon Ski Resort to the south.

The Osceolas, Tripyramids, and Whiteface and Passaconaway.

As we reached the ridge, we got a bit of a cold breeze that just got worse as we continued up to the exposed summit. The trail fell away into 2 chutes down the main flume slide, but they were easy to cross.

Kat and Pierce climbing the summit with MT LAfayette in the background.

The summit was beautiful, with high overcast skies and a bitter wind, we had excellent visibility and lots of views in all directions.

Lafayette and Garfield to the North.

Garfield, the Twins, and Guyot to the northeast

The Twins, Bonds, and Mt Guyot to the northeast.

Looking south east down the Pemigewasset Valley

We snapped a couple pics at the top, and returned back to the trail junction on the ridge to sit down for a snack. We sat down around 1:30PM, so we were pretty slow on the ascent, it being our first hike in several months.

Close-up of Mt Garfield.

After a quick lunch, we packed it back up and headed back down the flume slide. We pretty well destroyed the steps in the trail on the way down. We passed one more french-canadian climber coming up on the way down, other than that we didn't see anyone. We slogged back down the lower 4 miles of relative flat, which as usual seemed to go on forever. Back down on the snowmobile trail we got passed by a number of snowmobilers, and quickly made our way back to the car around 5:30 or so.

We headed down to Woodstock and Lincoln and had dinner at the Common Man.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3148 ft / 959 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3148 ft / 959 m
    Extra Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Flume Slide
    Trailhead:I-93  1380 ft / 420 m
Descent Statistics

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