Two hours and fifty minutes to the summit from the Rt 3 trailhead. I wouldn't recommend this trail for novices but if you like scrambling, this is pretty good for the Northeast. The trail has close proximity to trees all the way to the ridge line so if scrambling on wet bedrock slabs isn't your thing there are options on either side. From the summit it took me forty three minutes to hop over to Liberty (which I have been on at least four times now) and then just a touch under two hours from there to the trailhead. The Liberty Springs trail is much easier to ascend and descend.
I bagged Flume and Liberty together on a rainy day down in the notch and snowy day on the summits. Doing the Flume Liberty loop I decided to ascend via Flume Slide and descend via Liberty Springs and it was a good choice. I climbed both of these in July as part of doing the full Pemi-Loop but I now needed to finish off an AT segment of the Liberty Springs trail so I came back and figured I re-bag both.
The flume slide trail was very hard since it was icy but the seeps had water running over the ice to make it even more treacherous. I worked hard and climbed it without traction but when I got to the ridge trail and some flat ground where I put on my microspikes for the rest of the trip and traction in the snow and ice was MUCH better. I wish I had done that before I reached the slide!
The two summits were beautiful in their fury covered in ice and snow with 25F temps and winds topping out at 28MPH that was pinging snow and sleet off my glasses.
The trail down Liberty Springs was much easier than Flume Slide. The campsite was filled with campers but I had decided to camp down in the valley anyways where the winds, snow and temps were more accommodating.
Fun 1000' of scrambling, but it seems only class 2. Really no exposure, but some the most fun (and sustained) scrambling I've found since moving to the northeast.
Beautiful day and beautiful views from the top. Slippery with lots of scree near the summit.
Biked to the Osseo trail and hiked from there. Walked in the clouds all day and got an awesome undercast view up top!
Nice hike, took the Flume Slide Trail up, wicked tough. Early start gave me the summit all by myself.
Climbed via the Osseo Trail on one of the hottest days of the year.
Challenging, but great fun! The exposure wasn't as great as I had anticipated, but maybe that was because I bypassed the trail where it was impossible to climb up with the ice and just bushwacked through the trees instead.
nice peak, I wanted to go down, but i was persuaded not to with a full pack. maybe will be a good route up in the winter!
Climbed up the Flume Slide Trail then traversed the ridgeline over to Mt. Garfield. The mountain running in the White Mountains is spectacular. This was a fun little scramble and very weird to be scrambling with trees all around.
Hi, I was planning to do the Flume Slide. The slope of the slide portion was classified as a "class 3" What was your opinion of it?Thanks
Hiked Mt. Flume and Liberty via the loop around the two mountains. There was a ton of compacted snow already on the ground and this was tough even with crampons. But definitely worth it.
Did a Pemi Loop over 2.5 days with a couple of friends. Going counter clockwise, camped at Guyot and Garfield tent sites. Saw an awesome lightning over a town to the north storm from Garfield; got hailed on in a lightning storm on the way out on the last day. Had a bottle of Bowmore with us.
Next time: the slide!
Great & classic
Climbed via the Liberty Springs Trail and Franconia Ridge trail with my sister through constant rain, but we had fun!
Solo, continued on over Liberty. "Not recommended in icy conditions" was all I needed. Late November, 2010, I got perfect conditions: snowy approach, but no need for snowshoes. Cold temps, fat ice on the slide part of the trail made it a low-angle ice climb. So fun and highly recommended. Spikes/crampons/ax. Don't fall.
And over to liberty
This was one awesome hike! Sweat a lot going up the slide, but it was so much fun!! Some gorgeous views and photos from the top! Great trip all around!
Hiked up the slide trail on Flume, over Liberty, little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafeyette, Lincoln, little Haystack, then back to the top of Liberty and back to the parking lot from there. Long day, but gorgeous.