Ascent of Mount Flume on 2018-04-22

Climber: Scott Dresser

Date:Sunday, April 22, 2018
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

With the weather forecast looking good for Sunday I decided to take one more shot at another peak on the 4k list before the higher elevations flip from winter to spring. Made the two hour drive up to Lincoln Woods after deciding the night before to try Mt Flume via Osseo since I've never used these trails. I was the first person out of the trailhead at 6:30am and made the quick flat walk up Lincoln Woods to Osseo on microspikes, the styrofoam like snow made it really easy going. Osseo was even less traveled (maybe one person a day or two ago) but I was definitely first up the trail today. The bottom of Osseo was to Lincoln Woods, a little steeper but very quick going with just microspikes. Crossed a set of big bear tracks, probably a day old as a reminder that it should be spring even though it didn't look like it the further up I went.

At the switchbacks I started to pick up a couple inches of snow so I put on the snowshoes and followed the sometimes broken trail (in places it had blown back over) up the steep switchbacks. Enjoyed the downlook view of the Bonds, absolutely perfect and a nice vantage point for the three mountains I have yet to tackle. After taking a break I continued up an even steeper part, happy to have aggressive snowshoes and wishing I hadn't left my crampons in the car. I was able to get up, but was worried getting down might be a challenge (it was).

The rest wasn't too bad, but there were a few more steep parts, lots of snow (at least 4-5') and lots of branches hanging in the trail. The most challenging part was the one person who had been up a day or two prior turned back before the peak. So for the last 0.5-0.7 miles I broke about 8"-12" of relatively fresh snow. I was very happy to get to the intersection with the Flume Slide trail, although the last bit to the peak was pretty sketchy too, with large post holes and deep windblown snow (this is April, right?).

Once I got to the top the views were stunning, deep blue skies, 80+ miles of visibility and all of the major peaks were bright white with the recent snows. The wind was pretty stiff so I only hung out for 30 minutes and then dropped down to find the geocache.

Back to the top for a few more pictures and then down to Flume Slide where I changed out of my heavy gear for the trip down. The steep areas on the switchbacks were hard to get down because the new snow and ice underneath have not adhered so everything breaks away and slides. It took me almost as long to get down as up, but hiking alone I really needed to be careful. Only saw 7 other people the entire day.

Back to car by 2pm, feeling more tired that any hike I've done this year including the 14-15m four peak Carter/Hight loop I did a few months ago. Conditions make all the difference!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4298 ft / 1309 m
    Extra Gain:568 ft / 173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Route:Lincoln Woods, Osseo, Franconia Ridge
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods Parking  1166 ft / 355 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Warm spring conditions at bottom, 20F and windy on top
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 4 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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