Originally the group had all decided to do a traverse, climbing up the Flume Slide Trail and descending the Osseo Trail, but a couple days of heavy rains right before the event caused us to take the safer option of a simple out-and-back on the Osseo Trail, so as to avoid the wet slabs of the steep Flume Slide Trail. Setting off before 7:30 on the Lincoln Woods Trail, we all made great time up to the Osseo Trail junction, and really made quick work of the climb too. I'd been down this trail twice, both times at the tail end of a single-day Franconia Ridge traverse, but I'd never ascended it. The end verdict is that it was an easy climb too, and the fact that our group made the summit in barely over 3 hours (5.6 miles, 3150ft climb) backs that up.
|The Pemi River flowing well this morning|
|Climbing the ladder section on the Osseo Trail|
|Not much to see from the "downlook" on the Osseo Trail today|
|Approaching the summit of Flume|
We immediately got to work on setting up the flagpole, which consisted of 3.5-foot long sections of aluminum pipe with tight-fitting sleeves inside at the joints. A pair of simple bolts at each junction held it all in place. This pole sets up before the flag, and an eyebolt at the top is used to raise the flag like a normal flagpole, which enables easier raising of the pole without the giant flag catching the breeze and tugging it over. That, of course, was not a huge issue this year, as the breeze was fairly light. Nevertheless, the pole set up beautifully, and then we raised the flag. This year we set up 18.5 feet of flagpole, and the flag was flying by 11, well ahead of schedule (nominally the flags fly from 12-2PM). The wind was also perfect this year, just enough to fly the flag most of the time it was up, but not excessive like last year.
|The flag is, well, flying|
|There's some breeze, just in time!|
|A brief tease of blue skies, which immediately went away until late evening.|
|Team Hike-NH (minus Beckie and Prema)|
|Well done by the scout troop manning this peak|
Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Osseo Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail (out-and-back to Liberty)
Peaks: Flume (4328', NH4K), Liberty (4459', NH4K)
Mileage: 13.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 4150'
Book Time: 8hr 45min
|Hiking out on the Lincoln Woods Trail (part of which has had the railroad ties buried, woohoo!)|