Hiking Mount Liberty – Franconia NH

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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

 

Trails

 

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

 

Directions

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

 

Camping

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

Today
A slight chance of rain showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday
A chance of rain showers between 9am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday
Rain showers likely before 8am, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

 

Pictures

 

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 Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about