Mt. Flume 4,328′ via Osseo Trail Conquered on 5/29/2010

Had a nice hike with my wife to the summit of Mt. Flume via the Lincoln Woods and Osseo trails.  The Lincoln Woods trail covers the first 1.5 miles of the 11.2 mile round trip hike, and is a very slight grade the follows the Pemigewasset River for a good bit of the distance.  There were a lot of folks on Lincoln Woods, especially on our descent, who were heading down to Franconia Falls as a way to welcome the summertime temperatures and good weather.

Osseo trail is steep towards the top, with a series of wooden steps covering the steepest sections.  This helps with erosion, and makes life easier for the hiker, too.  Watch a short YouTube of a bit of the stair section descent.  I shot the video with my BlackBerry, and it’s not exciting, but you get the idea.

Mt. Flume summit, view to the west with Mt. Liberty’s slope rising to the right.

Mt. Flume summit, view to the south.

Mt. Flume summit, view to the south.

Looking back up to Mt. Flume summit, Summerset perched atop.

I bought a new pack, a Mountain Hardwear Fluid 32.  It’s small and light, perfect for daytrips.

Looking down at the Flume slide from Mt. Flume summit.  A father-daughter pair we met at the summit had climbed up the Flume Slide trail.

Franconia Ridge, as viewed from Mt. Flume summit.  Liberty, Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette summits are all seen here.

A view of the ledges near Mt. Flume summit.

My fellow peakbagger on this adventure, Summerset.  We were glad to get Mt. Flume crossed off the list.  We both missed it this winter after climbs up Mt. Liberty.

Another view to the south from the Mt. Flume summit.  I loved looking at those rocks…beautiful and a little intimidating.

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