Ascent of Mount Flume on 2009-09-26

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Kiersten Owens
Joel Travis
Date:Saturday, September 26, 2009
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

This was one of the best hikes I have done. The weather was absolutely perfect.

We started hiking about 7:15AM, took the Flume slide up Mt Flume

Only saw 2 groups as we passed them on the way up. The flume slide was tricky but very fun. Fortunately it was almost bone dry, so the only hazard was leaves that had fallen and collected in the foot holds making them rather slippery.

Joel on the way up

Kiersten on the way up

Approaching the summit

We reached the summit at about 10:15. We played around on the rocks for a bit, then headed to Liberty, reached the summit about 11AM, didn't remain but a few minutes, then headed off to Little Haystack.

Joel contemplating...

Joel and I had fun climbing on the rocks. Kiersten didn't.

Up to this point, we hardly saw anyone except just a few people on the ridge, the weather was crystal clear, we could see for miles. As soon as we reached Little Haystack and the Lafayette Loop, there were suddenly hundreds of people. At the cross roads of the ridge trail and the falling waters trail, there was hardly a rock free to sit on, and from there we could see the entire ridge trail up to Lafayette and it was a non-stop stream of people.

The people are hard to see...

We basically queued from the top of Haystack all the way to the summit of Lafayette, not very fun. We stopped at some of the rock overhangs and climbed to the valley side so we couldn't see the trail or the hundreds of people and chilled out for a bit hanging our feet off the ledge, took some pictures, and had a snack before finally queuing the rest of the way to to top of Lafayette and met our other friends that had just come up the Old Bridle Path.

View of Cannon

Joel and I sitting on the cliff

Looking down...

The whole crew

The entire way down was more queuing. Got stuck for a while behind a group of French kids that kept yelling and singing same line of French and broken English for about a mile and a half (miserable).

We finally got to the bottom about 4:20, all pretty happy. Grabbed dinner at TGIFridays in Concord because everything else was full. All in all a great hike, but certainly a disappointing finish with all the crowds.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3028 ft / 922 m
    Total Elevation Loss:438 ft / 133 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3028 ft / 922 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Flume Slide
    Start Trailhead:Franconia Notch  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:438 ft / 133 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1 km
    Route:Franconia Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:3890 ft / 1185 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Franconia Notch 9/09

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Flume2009-09-26 a3028 ft / 923 m
2Mount Liberty2009-09-26 b569 ft / 173 m
3Little Haystack2009-09-26 c730 ft / 223 m
4Mount Lincoln2009-09-26 d429 ft / 131 m
5Mount Truman2009-09-26 e80 ft / 24 m
6Mount Lafayette2009-09-26 f352 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 5188 ft / 1581 m    Total Trip Loss: 4533 ft / 1381 m

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