Ascent of Mount Liberty on 2018-02-10
|Others in Party:||Outdoor Pursuits Winter 2018|
|Date:||Saturday, February 10, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4459 ft / 1359 m|
Ascent Trip ReportEntered 3/17/2018. This day hike was done with Outdoor Pursuits Winter 2017-2018.
Intended to be an overnight, we decided to change it to a day trip for logistical reasons. We realistically couldn't camp in the snow and affordable motels in the nearby towns of Lincoln and Franconia were sparse or non-existent. We drove up to the Flume Visitor Center. It was closed and only a small portion of the parking lot was cleared of snow. There had to be at least 10 feet of snow cover. There were a couple of other cars in the lot. We then put on our snow shoes and hiked a little less than a mile along the flat Whitehouse Trail to the Liberty Spring Trail. The Whitehouse Trail is a popular snowmobile route and several groups passed us, especially on the way back. We then climbed up the Liberty Spring Trail, merging left to bypass the Flume Slide Trail. We were "leap-frogging" with a couple of groups on the way up and several passed us coming up and down. It was a busy day on the mountain. We passed by the Liberty Spring Campsite about a quarter mile from the Franconia Ridge Trail. The Liberty Spring Trail was much steeper than I thought and members of our group had to pause frequently. It was a relief for the group when we reached the Franconia Ridge Trail since it was relatively flat. When we emerged from the trees we immediately felt large gusts of wind, similar to that of the failed attempt of Mount Chocorua earlier that season but a little less intense. About half of the group stayed back at the treeline and the rest including myself hiked another 100 yards to the summit of Mount Liberty. The cliff face at the summit was a key sign of the summit due to the extremely low visibility that day. We agreed that we would attempt Mount Flume if we had the time but we didn't so we turned back. I took a rock from the summit as a souvenir. I partially regret not bringing a butt sled because the Liberty Spring Trail was perfect for it! We followed the same route down. We made it back with daylight left and returned to Andover around 6:30PM.
Mount Liberty was definitely one of my favorite hikes in the Whites so far excluding the lack of views. Although we didn't make it to Flume, it gives me an excuse to try the Flume Slide Trail.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out|
light snow, no views at higher elevations
| Route:||Whitehouse, Liberty Spring, Franconia Ridge Trails|
| Start Trailhead:||Flume Visitor Center |
| Route:||Franconia Ridge, Liberty Spring, Whitehouse Trails|
| End Trailhead:||Flume Visitor Center |
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