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Mountaineering Mt Flume in August

Hiking Mt Flume in August

Mt Flume is the southernmost peak on Franconia Ridge and the primary mountain the Pemigewasset Loopers encounter after leaving the Lincoln Woods Trailhead. I climbed in through the Osseo Path which gives a comparatively gradual ascent, climbing 3150′ toes in 5.6 miles, aside from a collection of wood ladders as you close to treeline. Whereas I’ve hiked the Osseo twice beforehand, in winter and as soon as in the dead of night after a counterclockwise Pemi Loop, I’d by no means seen it with its “leaves on” and kicked myself for not going up Flume this far more usually. It truly is a beautiful path and far simpler to climb than the opposite routes up the height.

The lower part of the trail climbs gradually.
The decrease a part of the path climbs regularly.

I left the Lincoln Woods Trailhead, which was surprisingly crowded for an early Friday morning, and headed out the dreaded Lincoln Woods Path. It’s not a nasty path, nevertheless it’s the principle gateway to the Pemigewasset Wilderness, which suggests I’ve hiked it lots of of occasions, which will get somewhat monotonous. It’s a very quick path to hike and I can normally rise up to three mph on it as a result of it’s so flat and large, so the hike out to the Osseo Trailhead glided by shortly.

An open ledge just below the Flume summit.
An open ledge just under the Flume summit.

The Osseo Path runs by way of a fairly wooded space earlier than it begins a gradual climb up an jap ridge to the principle Franconia ridgeline. Whereas the path runs alongside an unnamed stream, it does so some 100 toes up a steep slope so the stream is virtually inaccessible with no herculean effort. I’d packed additional water since we’re within the midst of a nasty drought, however I made a psychological notice for future forrays, to not depend on this stream for water sooner or later.

Osseo Trail Ladders
Osseo Path Ladders

The path floor is principally grime till 2.1 miles up when the path begins to change forwards and backwards to realize elevation and tree roots and rocks make their look. The path quickly enters a really steep part, punctuated by wood and rock stairs, earlier than passing a viewpoint on the appropriate which overlooks the south facet of Owlshead Mountain and the Bonds, together with a terrific view Bondcliff. I ended for a snack and studied the terrain simply north, inspecting a ridge from Mt Flume right down to Lincoln Brook, to see if it could possibly be used as a shortcut. I noticed a reference to a Dirrettissima Route that used one thing within the neighborhood and questioned if and the way that hiker had been capable of hike down this ridge: it regarded impossibly steep to me.

Extra rock steps and ladders start above the perspective earlier than the path flattens out in relation to Franconia Ridge beofre climbing briefly to the Flume Slide junction and a brief uncovered scramble to the highest of Mt Flume. I had a imprecise recollection of this part from my Pemi loop of some years in the past, however I wouldn’t realize it from Adam if I hadn’t recognized the place I used to be on a map.

I handed the Flume Slide junction and continued to the summit, which was pretty crowded for a Friday afternoon, in summer time. I took within the view of close by Mt Lincoln after which turned to hike again down the way in which I’d come, chatting with a number of hikers I’d handed earlier. Within the span of two minutes, three individuals requested whether or not they need to climb down the Flume Slides Path.

My response: that’d be an effective way to get a journey in a Nationwide Guard Helicopter! So no. It’s moist and climbing down the slippery ledges is ill-advised. All that element is within the White Mountain Information, if solely individuals who purchase it and skim it as a substitute of counting on AllFails or Fb for his or her path beta (stated the curmudgeon).

The rocky summit of Mt Flume
The rocky summit of Mt Flume

Various Routes: There are two different methods to climb Mt Flume. The primary is through the Flume Slide Path and the second is to observe the Franconia Brook Path south from Mt Liberty. The latter is so steadily hiked that it’s sometimes called “Fliberty” by the locals.

Historical past: The Osseo Path used to run up the west facet of Whaleback Mountain earlier than climbing to Franconia Ridge. It was re-routed within the Nineteen Eighties following the development of the Clearbrook condos on the earlier trailhead. That outdated path continues to be unofficially maintained and is utilized by bushwhackers to climb South Whaleback.


Mountaineering Mt Flume through the Osseo Path

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