Mt. Flume is one of my favorite winter hikes as it is a little challenging with some slopes near 40 degrees but rarley crowded like some of the others. Also, it has easy / direct access from I-93..... Just want to make sure you keep an eye on snow pak situations as you can't really retreat / descend the slide ( unless you belay) & also get an early start as the standard loop of up Flume slide & down Liberty can take easily 10 hours.
Not sure if Flume classifies as "ice axe territory," but I did use crampons when climbed last spring ( I'm very conservative and often put crampons on way early just to get practice as I don't climb that much living in FL) , however the group in front of me were bare booted.
Also if you want something a little less steep there are a few other nice hikes from that same access point ( Franconia SP of I-93) such as Falling Waters up & back, Liberty up & back..... I really like the views from the top of Liberty and the Liberty Springs trail was no problem
best of luck,Tim
Last edited by smithtim; 10-02-2010 at 01:53 PM.
'when it starts to hurt your nearly halfway and probably should get out those ropes & put your crampons on"