Summit shadows in early winter
Mt Flume - 4328'
The southern most peak on Franconia
Ridge is Mt Flume, a partially wooded
point above the ridge. There are excellent views into the notch and
to the north, with good views of the Pemi Wilderness.
The summit area is narrow and rocky in
sharp cliffs to the west.
- Flume Slide Trail - This is the most direct approach to Flume, but it
is difficult and rough. The trail starts .6 miles up the Liberty Springs trail
and runs generally south and east before starting up the drainage that leads to the
slide. There are rough and often wet slabs that require use of hands and scrambling.
This isn't recommended in wet weather or for descent. It hits the ridge just .1 south
of the summit. Total distance from the Flume Visitors Center trailhead to the summit
is a 4.8 miles, with a gain of 3100'.
- Osceo Trail- This approach from the Lincoln Woods trailhead is more gentle
then the routes from Franconia Notch, but longer. It starts the first 1.4 miles on the
flat Wilderness Trail then turns left onto the equally flat Osceo trail. It climbs
gently along side Osceo Brook. The trail climbs up more quickly, going up several
steep wooden staircases eventually reaching the summit in 5.5 miles.
- Liberty Springs Trail- This is the most direct approach to Mt Liberty and is
often used as part of a loop with the Flume Slide trail or as and out-and-back to Flume.
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.
- Franconia Ridge Trail- For Mt Flume, the section of the Franconia Ridge
trail of interest is the section from the junction with the Liberty Springs trail to the Flume
Summit. It's .3 miles from the junction to the summit of Liberty, then 1.1 miles more
- Whitehouse Trail- This connector trail runs from the trail parking
near the Flume Visitors Center parking lot to the begining of the Liberty Springs
trail. It runs parallel to the Franconia Notch Parkway for .8 miles, the last
.2 miles along the bikepath.
- Flume Visitors Center - This parking lot serves
the Liberty Springs and Flume Slide trails. To get there, take exit 1
on the Franconia Parkway, and park in the lot just north of the Flume
Visitors Center. There are outhouses at the trailhead. The first
.8 miles of trail runs parallel to the Parkway and the bike path, joining up
with the bike path until the true start of the Liberty Springs trail.
A WMNF Parking pass is not needed at this trailhead.
- Lincoln Woods - This is the main entrance into
the Pemi Wilderness, and serves the Wilderness and Osceo trails. The
parking lot is located on Rt 112, the Kancamaugus Highway, about 4 miles
east of I-93, just across the Pemigewasset River. The parking lot has
restrooms, a payphone, and a ranger station. A WMNF Parking pass is
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