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Hiking Mount Liberty – Franconia NH


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Article Tags: Day Hikes | Hiking | NE 67 | New Hampshire | The 48

Mount Liberty is located in Franconia Notch and is part of the Franconia Ridge. Mount Liberty is 4,459 feet tall, and is bordered to the south by Mount Flume, and to the North by Mount Lafayette. Hiking just Liberty is a great day hike option as the round trip is only 8.1 miles, and features incredible 360 degree views on one of NH’s best summits.

Height: 4,459 feet (1,359.1 m)
Distance: 8.2 miles (13.2 km)
Elevation Gain: 3,150 feet (960.1 m)
Hike Time: 3-5 hours




Liberty Springs Trail

The liberty springs trail is accessed from the Flume Gorge Visitors center. A .9 mile mostly paved path leads to the start of the trail. The trail is 4.1 miles to the summit, and has an elevation gain of 3,150 feet. Out and back, this trail will take most between 4-7 hours to complete.


Flume Slide Trail

Adding in Mount Flume with Mount Liberty is a great option, and extremely popular. Mount Flume features the flume slide, and is worth a look. Hiking both mountains in a loop is 9.4 miles.


Osseo Trail

This is a longer option where hikers leave from the Lincoln Woods Trailhead. This would be a 13.6 mile out and back route featuring very gradual gains.


Other Trails

Mount Liberty is often added in as part of hikers completing all or a portion of Franconia Ridge.


Trail Map

Mount Liberty and Flum Trail Map

Map Courtesy of 4000footers.com



The parking located just after the Flume Visitors Center and is just off of I – 93 at the Liberty Springs Trailhead



There are camping options on Mount Liberty that will allow you to easily see sunrise or sunset on the summit. Tenting options are available at the Liberty Springs Tent site along the Liberty Springs Trail. Only a half mile from the summit, it is a perfect place for a night. It is inexpensive to spend the night, and rarely do the sites fill up, but when they do, they have additional sites closer to the summit. Fees are paid on site, as reservations for under 6 individuals are not taken. The fee is $8 per person, or free if there is no caretaker.


Weather Forecast

Lincoln, NH

Rain showers before 4pm, then a chance of snow showers between 4pm and 5pm. Cloudy. High near 37, with temperatures falling to around 28 in the afternoon. West wind 15 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.




Mount Liberty Summit



Mount Liberty Summit Looking at Cannon

Mount Liberty Summit Looking at Garfield

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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