Ascent of Mount Flume on 1951-08-20

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 20, 1951
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Flume
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4328 ft / 1319 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Flume marked the southern end of my 5-mile hike above treeline along the spectacular Franconia Ridge Tr from Mt. Lafayette, crossing over Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack, and Mt. Liberty en route. I climbed Mt. Lafayette (10:15 AM) on the Greenleaf Tr with a brief stop at the Greenleaf Hut(2.15 miles, 4,200'). From Mt. Flume I left the Franconia Ridge Tr and descended the sometimes steep and slippery Flume Slide Tr, finishing near The Flume on NH 3 (3.7 miles,4:30 PM). A brief but heavy downpour near the bottom required caution. Lots of thunder--unaware of any lightning. I was lucky to hitch a ride quickly to the car at the Greenleaf Tr TH. Total hiking distance: about 12.5 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2828 ft / 861 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2828 ft / 861 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Good in morning; overcast with a couple of brief but heavy afternoon downpours
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2828 ft / 861 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.3 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Tr from Mt. Lafayette
    Start Trailhead:Greenleaf Tr TH on NH 3  1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2828 ft / 861 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Flume Slide Tr
    End Trailhead:near the Flume on NH 3  1500 ft / 457 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 1951-Franconia Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Lafayette1951-08-20 a3240 ft / 988 m
2Mount Lincoln1951-08-20 b3089 ft / 942 m
3Little Haystack1951-08-20 c2760 ft / 841 m
4Mount Liberty1951-08-20 d2459 ft / 750 m
5Mount Flume1951-08-20 e2828 ft / 862 m
Total Trip Gain: 14376 ft / 4383 m    Total Trip Loss: 16376 ft / 4992 m

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