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Jimmy Legs and Little d
11-01-2008, 11:03 PM
On October 20th our third hike of our Fall New Hampshire vacation started at 8 am after having breakfast at the Sunny Day Diner in Lincoln. We estimated the temperature at 18°.


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The Lincoln Woods trail, which is the bed of an old logging railroad is flat all the way to the Osseo Trail.


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Once on the Osseo trail we started to gradually gain elevation and once again we saw more of the fungi everyone has been talking about this past season.


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At 10:58 am we reached the “Down Look” with views towards the Northeast and East into the Pemigewasset Wilderness.


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After the “Down Look” we started to hit the rock stairs, log steps


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and wooden stairs.


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We reached the junction with Flume Slide trail and Franconia Ridge Trail at 11:50 am.


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We began the final ledged climb to the summit.


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Reaching the summit of Mt. Flume at noon.


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Views towards the Franconia Ridge were spectacular!
Here’s Mt. Lincoln and Lafayette.


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Off to the right stands Mount Garfield with Goback Mountain to the left (in the distance).


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To the Northeast and East we once again see the Bond Range.


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With clear skies and temperatures we estimated to be in the 50’s we had a leisurely 90 minute stay at the summit. We saw only 3 other people on the summit.

Heading back there were numerous opportunities for spectacular photos.


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Reaching the wooden stairs it wasn’t as difficult as it looked. You only had to be aware of the fact that the steps could be slippery from walking on the damp gravely trail.


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As we reached the lower forest I saw these interesting “potato chip” fungi.


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Once again the Lincoln Woods trail seemed to go on and on.


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But we finally reached the trail head at 4:15 pm; 11.2 miles in 8 hours; 3150 elevation gain.


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Our reward: another dinner at the Woodstock Station (our favorite).
This would be our last hike on the “Franconia Notch” side and now it’s off to Jackson, New Hampshire!

mtruman
11-02-2008, 06:36 AM
Looks like an awesome hike on a beautiful fall day. We haven't done Flume yet but your TR has me putting it on our list. Ending a day of hiking at the Station couldn't be better - it's our favorite as well. Thanks for sharing the trip.

TrishandAlex
11-02-2008, 10:12 PM
Great TR, but again with Photobucket interference. Wonder what their deal is? :confused:

CHRIS
11-03-2008, 09:38 AM
Started to look like a great hike but towards the end it sounded like a great hike. Thanks for sharing.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
11-03-2008, 11:28 AM
Great TR, but again with Photobucket interference. Wonder what their deal is? :confused:

We are trying to figure out what happened too! What a surprise to find out this morning that the pics have vanished. But on my computer now, the pictures for Mountain Pond and Carters reports are showing up.????? Hopefully, we'll be able to get the pics back on soon.
Donna

Tim&Val
11-03-2008, 06:35 PM
Wow!! You guys are just knocking them down one after another!

Great TR and it looks like you had a picture-perfect day!!

Valerie

TrishandAlex
11-03-2008, 07:01 PM
All pictures are up except for the very last one -- and those pictures are gorgeous!! Wow, you had an awesome day with fantastic views!!!!! Thanks for sharing your photos!

KD Talbot
11-03-2008, 07:40 PM
Another great job! Speaking of great jobs, I would just like to note here that fellow forum member Fishercat and his brother in law Forester Jake maintain the Osseo Trail and do a great job!

KDT

FisherCat
11-03-2008, 09:38 PM
Yes! It's great to read about someone's hike to Flume via Osseo and not the typical Liberty Springs loop. You had great pics and looks like a wonderful time. I hope there weren't too many blowdowns as we cleared them out on the last trip.
If anybody hikes this trail in the near future, keep your eyes peeled for a big beech tree on the left side of the trail. It comes at the top of a little rise just after you hike up the section where the brook is at the bottom on your left, the drop to the brook is real obvious. Anywho, when you see the beech look up and notice the massive bear clawmarks ascending the tree. You will noyic the spread is bigger than your hands. Its real cool and a classic "bear-beech."

MsCntry
11-03-2008, 10:30 PM
Thanks for the great TR, and the pics were beautiful!! I hope I am able to do that by next year!!

CHRIS
11-04-2008, 10:23 AM
What a great day to hike. Your pictures were beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
11-04-2008, 02:44 PM
Yes! It's great to read about someone's hike to Flume via Osseo and not the typical Liberty Springs loop. You had great pics and looks like a wonderful time. I hope there weren't too many blowdowns as we cleared them out on the last trip.
If anybody hikes this trail in the near future, keep your eyes peeled for a big beech tree on the left side of the trail. It comes at the top of a little rise just after you hike up the section where the brook is at the bottom on your left, the drop to the brook is real obvious. Anywho, when you see the beech look up and notice the massive bear clawmarks ascending the tree. You will noyic the spread is bigger than your hands. Its real cool and a classic "bear-beech."

The Osseo Trail is a great trail. We had read about it many times and decided it was the way to go. Hopefully, others will try it. There may have been one blowdown on the trail; nothing too difficult. Didn't notice any bear clawings.
Donna

laudizen
11-22-2008, 01:14 AM
I enjoyed your TR and pictures, I spent quite some time contemplating memories of past trips to Mt Flume because of them.

Laudizen

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)