Mt. Flume Hike via Osseo Trail

DATE: Apr 29, 2017 Saturday
END DATE: Apr 29, 2017 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Lincoln NH

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Campton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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The Osseo Trail ascent of Mt. Flume has to rank as one of the “easier” 4,000-foot climbs in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. 

You've done your taxes, now it's time to celebrate! We'll skip the Flume Slide Trail and hike from the East up the Osseo Trail. This is a fantastic trail that gradually flanks the mountain from inside the Pemi. It does have some steep pitches as we near the summit. The hike starts at the Lincoln Woods parking lot off the Kanc. We cross Lincoln Brook and proceed 1.5 miles to where the Osseo Trail bears left toward Flume.

It begins up some logging roads and zigzagging up the ridge toward Flume. Upper sections of trail are steep and negotiated by several woodend staircases; it has been reported that there are 396 rock and wooden steps on Osseo Trail. There are memorable views from the ladders into Pemi Wilderness. We will travel 4 miles to where Osseo meets the Flume Slide Trail and then a short section to the rocky summit.

Roundtrip:  11.2 miles

Elevation gain: 3150 feet

Estimated Time:   7 to 8 hours

Please be prepared for an early Spring hike. Make sure to bring Microspikes in case we encounter ice and snow near the summit. You should be prepared with layers, gloves, hat and other gear. We will check the weather to ensure we are prepared for this hike. Bring along plenty of water (at least 2 liters), lunch, snacks and anything else you may require for a day hike. 

Boston Area Carpooling: Save money by sharing gas/toll expenses and get to know fellow GO members better! Don't be other Bostonians to find a convenient location for you to meet such as a T-Stop, Commuter Line Stop, or a parking lot of a store familiar to you all! Don't forget to tip the driver! 

Afterwards:  Everyone is welcome to join us back at our house in Waterville Valley to relax by our fireplace [BYOB and bring snacks] followed by one of Jon's delicious dinners. We ask $10 per person to help pay for our food costs. Showers are available so bring a change of clothing to make your visit with us more comfortable.

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday nights. It's $25 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday that includes dinner or $60 for the weekend. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

The trailhead is at the large Lincoln Woods parking area, with ranger station and restrooms, is on the North side of Kancamagus Highway [NH 112], 5.6 miles East of Exit 32 off I-93 in Lincoln. We will be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck. 

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Campton, NH

United States

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Discuss This Trip/Event
sedonahikerman Posted Apr 24, 2017 at 12:54 PM

Hi Mike, I'm afraid I will have to remove myself from this event. I have a bad cold and cough that will not go away. Two weeks now. Going to Urgent Care today to see what can be done. I was looking forward to this hike and joining you and Jon later at your house. Will see you on another hike this summer. Fred

sedonahikerman Posted Feb 24, 2017 at 9:21 PM

I've reached Mt. Flume via the Flume Slide Trail in the past. I look forward to approaching Flume via the Osseo Trail, something I haven't done. Flume Slide was challenging. Staying in Lincoln but would like to come back to your house in Waterville Valley after the hike.

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