Flume Slide Trail

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain2,769ft
Trailhead Elevation1,805ft
Elevation Min/Max1802/4242ft
Elevation Start/End1805/1805ft
Flume Slide Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 1,805 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,769 feet. This trail connects with the following: Liberty Spring Trail and Osseo Trail.

Flume Slide Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A walk through the flume gorge, one of the most popular attractions in the White Mountains, shouldn’t be missed. In a short loop you’ll see a deep mysterious chasm, cool waterfalls, covered bridges, interesting pools, and glacial erratic rocks. This is a great adventure for family members of all ages. As there’s an entrance fee, it’s worth taking your time and appreciating the scenery."

"Stroll along rushing water on a boardwalk through one of the White Mountains’ most renowned geological wonders: an extremely narrow gorge bounded by straight, vertical cliffs. This half-day outing also takes you past waterfalls, a giant pothole, huge boulders, and two covered bridges."

"Like most destinations in Franconia Notch, Mounts Flume and Liberty are very popular and very scenic. Some visitors surprisingly choose to scale these two peaks via the Liberty Spring Trail only, but the best option is a loop that includes a scramble up the Flume Slide Trail. Varying terrain along the way pleasantly shifts from bubbling mountain brooks to changing forest scenery.

The views from both summits are quite impressive, each peak showcasing the higher summits to the north as well as the deep valleys and notches far below. With year-round access, this hike is possible any time of year. For the more adventurous, complete the described loop in reverse when snow levels are high for an enjoyable ride down the Flume Slide."

Flume Slide Trail Reviews

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There were three of us and a dog (Coonhound). After reading several people's writeups on various websites we took the Flume Trail up because of my dog. And sooooo very glad we did. You do not want to try to go down it. He ended up sliding down about 20 ft towards me anyway. If you do have a dog watch carefully if they are going up the rocks.There is a slight trail to the left and right (some places you may need to cross) that is off the rocks and much easier for the dog. After you get off that dogs should have no problem. The hike for us humans was great. Steep on the Flume Trail and rocky going down Liberty but not flat rocks. The views from both summits were great and that was with some clouds in the sky.
We altered this trek by doing an out-and-back using Liberty Springs Trail to Mt. Liberty then to Mt. Flume then backtracking, rather than continuing on the Flume Slide. We had a dog with us and too many others on the trail warned us against the Slide as being too steep with loose rocks. So, our out and back was 10 miles and 8 hours. Beautiful day, great weather, and 360 degree views of so many other summits. Definitely recommend!
The class 3 Flume Slide is the main attraction. The scramble up the slide is steep and seemingly endless. It's not for the faint of heart. Experienced hikers and daredevils alike will find this very enjoyable and unforgettable. Get past the Flume Slide and you're rewarded with awesome vertigo inducing views. I recommend going on a sunny day with little fog.
great full 360 deg. view. Really short hike though.

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Trail Information

Franconia Notch State Park
Nearby City
Franconia Notch State Park

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Jun 2018