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.
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.
Mount Liberty is often added in as part of hikers completing all or a portion of Franconia Ridge.
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.
A chance of rain showers between 3pm and 4pm, then snow. Cloudy. High near 36, with temperatures falling to around 29 in the afternoon. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Rain and snow before 5am, then a slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 1pm and 2pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
A slight chance of snow before 7pm, then isolated rain and snow showers between 7pm and 3am, then a chance of rain between 3am and 4am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 0 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of snow before 7am, then a chance of rain between 7am and 8am, then a chance of snow between 8am and 10am, then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Snow likely before 7pm, then rain and snow. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
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