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    Liberty Spring Trail

    Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
    Distance2.6mi
    Elevation Gain2,840ft
    Trailhead Elevation1,806ft
    Top4,247ft
    Elevation Min/Max1420/4247ft
    Elevation Start/End1806/1805ft

    Liberty Spring Trail

    Liberty Spring Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,806 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,840 feet. The Liberty Spring Tentsite camp site and the Liberty Spring can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Flume Slide Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail and Franconia Notch Bike Path.
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    Pathfinder | 61 pts
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    Somerville, MA
    Adventurer | 222 pts
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    4/25/2009
    This trail is likely very nice in the summer however be warned if you're hiking here in the spring! While it was 70 degrees at the base there was still 3 ft of snow up top - be prepared with snow shoes and cramp-ons. The slope as others have said is persistant but not relentless - no views until the very summit however. The only water available is at the very begining so be sure to pack what you need.
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    Cohasset, MA
    Pathfinder | 157 pts
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    11/25/2006
    Got really lucky with a beautiful, clear late fall day. A fairly easy hike (some strenuous steps) that took about 6 hours round-trip, including about an hour total of stops and hanging out on the summit. The views were well worth the walk. A good place to locate and name many other peaks. Chose not to include Mount Flume, as the connecting route looked like it was below tree line, and the decent off Mt. Flume seemed to be down a steep scree slope? So, just did the round-trip of Mount Liberty. Nice hike.
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    Lincoln, RI
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    8/1/2006
    We parked at the Basins lot accessed from north bound rt 3 and walked downhill 1/2 mi to the trailhead. The hike up is never something to rave about but Liberty Springs trail was in good shape and had a few "good view" spots and a clean water spring at the tent site. Toward the top the terrain gets steep. At the end, we went North on the Franconia Ridge trail over Little Hay Stack, Lincoln and Lafayette before dropping down to Greenleaf hut.
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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    7/7/2003
    A more perfect hike doesn't exist. My son and brother-in-law made the mistake of coming down the flume when they did it, so their memories are not as glowing as ours.
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    Great Cacapon, WV
    Pathfinder | 173 pts
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    9/2/2002
    Wishing to hit three 4000 footers in one day, this peak was combined with Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge. We noticed that the footpath is not as beat down and rocky as Franconia Ridge, since far fewer people venture this far in one day. Chances for solitude increase ten fold, even on a holiday weekend. We found the views from Mount Liberty to be just as inspiring as those on Franconia Ridge earlier, and a lot less crowded. We exited the ridge by heading down Liberty Springs trail, which passes the tent camping area. This would be a good base camp for getting an early start on doing a day hike on Franconia Ridge. A way to beat the crowds.


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    Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
    "This hike involves a tough climb to the summit of Mount Liberty (elevation 4,459'). You will be richly rewarded at the peak with a commanding view of Mount Lincoln, Mount Lafayette, the rest of Franconia Ridge, and other peaks in the White Mountains. On days when there seems to be a single file of hikers heading up from Profile Clearing to Mounts Lafayette and Lincoln, this hike offers a chance to get away from the heaviest crowds. The hike uses the A.T. until you are 0.25 mile from the summit. An optional return route takes you to the summit of Mount Flume and returns to US 3 via the side trail to the Flume." Read more

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