Mount Liberty, Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Summary

Mount Liberty in the Franconia Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains is a challenging hike with magnificent views. Stick around, I’ll tell you all about it.

From I-93 take Exit 34A to Route 3. Look for the sign that says Trailhead Parking near the Flume Visitor’s Center

Parking is free in a very large paved lot. Pit toilets are located near the trail head.

We start our hike on the White House trail, which also follows the Pemi Trail. Follow the blue blazes.

You’ll pass over some small rolling hills before coming to the Franconia Notch Bicycle Trail.
Turn left and continue along the bike path following the blue blazes.

Soon you will cross the first of two bridges. Just before crossing the second, larger bridge, you will pass the Cascade Brook Trail. Cross the bridge and turn right on to the Liberty Springs Trail which is part of the Appalachian Trail.

Follow the familiar white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. The Liberty Springs trial climbs over 2,800 feet in less than three miles.

In .6 miles you will pass the Flume Slide Trail. It is possible to do a loop hike using this trail to bag both Mount Liberty and Mount Flume. However, the Flume Slide is extremely steep and loose. I don’t recommend it in winter conditions or in wet weather.

Shortly after passing the Flume slide trail, you will cross a couple small streams. This is a good place to filter some water if you need it.

In 2.3 miles you will pass by the Liberty Springs Tent Site. Tent platforms and a pit toilet are off the left side of the trail. A water source is off the right side of the trail.

Keep climbing. In another .3 miles you will reach the Franconia Ridge Trail. Turning left takes you to Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette. Today, we’re turning right and following it the trail for .3 miles to Mount Liberty.

As you emerge from the tree line. Start looking behind you for magnificent views of Cannon Mountain and Mount Lincoln.

From here to the summit you will enjoy expansive views of Franconia Notch, the Franconia Range and the Pemigewassett Wilderness. Among the peaks you’ll are Mount Moosilauke Cannon Mountain, Mount Lincoln, Mount Flume, Garfield, North and South Twin, the Bonds and Mount Washington.

Heading back you’ll retrace our steps along the Franconia Ridge Trail. Then descend on the Liberty Springs Trail, to the White House Trail, to the parking lot.

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Important Safety Information

The information provided is based on observations made on the day I shot the video and my recollections of previous visits to this area. Please be aware; New England weather can change very quickly. Also, trails may be closed or re-routed. The information provided here is made without warranty to completeness and/or accuracy. You and you alone are responsible for your safety whenever you venture outdoors. This includes but is not limited to having proper, clothing, equipment, provisions, physical fitness, experience and sound judgement. Learn more about hiking safely at www.hikesafe.com

 

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