Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Bond, Bondcliff – 2022-05-13

Destination: Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Bond, Bondcliff
Trails: Pemi Loop (clockwise)
Hike Date: 2022-05-13

Dry trail below 3000’ and on bare rocky faces in the alpine. Otherwise rotten unstable monorail/snowpack/ice. Many miles of postholing. Some difficult water crossings, minor blowdown.

Microspikes were a must. Snowshoes may have been helpful but didn’t want to carry the extra weight for the Pemi loop in-a-day push. Sawyer mini to fill up on water after Garfield. Many changes of socks, though feet were almost immediately wet again.

Trail Maintenance:
Nothing major, some minor blowdowns.

Parking & Road Access:
Few cars in the morning, more in the evening. Plenty of parking, no sign of break ins.

Not particularly buggy yet, the bugs that were out weren’t biting. The spring trail conditions were not great. I anticipated a 14 or 15 hour day, but a solid 17 or 18 miles were extremely slow going due to the unrelenting rotten snow postholing, and it ended up being a 19 hour excursion. Still, the Pemi loop is absolutely incredible!!! Will have to come back in another season for a longer trip.

Submitted by: Kate G


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