Mt. LIBERTY | 4,459′ | Strenuous
Amidst the scenic Franconia Ridge, Mt. Liberty (4,459 feet) bears a sharp, ledgy peak with excellent views of the surrounding area, including nearby Mount Bond and the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide.
Strenuous: Mt. Liberty is reached via the Liberty Spring Trail, which connects to the roadway via the Whitehouse Trail. Once on the Liberty Spring Trail, a part of the Appalachian Trail, you’ll find a strenuous climb made easier by hundreds of rock stairs. At the end of the Liberty Spring Trail, Mt. Liberty’s summit is accessed by turning south on the Franconia Ridge Trail for 0.3 miles.
The AMC’s Liberty Spring Tentsite is located near the top of the Liberty Spring Trail.
Safety in Summer and early Fall
The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.
Winter Hiking on Mt. Liberty
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. Liberty are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for “Instruction” in AMC’s activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .
Note: Franconia Ridge is extremely susceptible to high winds and bad weather, and is particularly exposed and prone to severe lightning strikes. Hikers are advised to pay particular attention to weather conditions for the area and avoid the ridgecrest on Mts. Lafayette, Lincoln and Little Haystack when storms approach.