Complete Guide To Trail Building & Maintenance

SIGNS OF SPRING in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) come in many shapes and forms, from skiers trudging up Tuckerman Ravine in search of soft snow to migratory birds returning to the native-plants garden at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. But 4 miles north of Pinkham, at AMC’s Camp Dodge Volunteer Center, there’s a…

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Working with helicopters, rock drills, and razor-sharp axes are all part of the job for AMC’s professional trail crew. Watch this short doc by AMC Outdoors’ managing editor, Ryan Smith, to learn more then see photos of history-making trail crews. LEARN MORE The trails you love need your help. When you support AMC’s Trails Fund, your…

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I leaned into the wind and pushed toward the dark shape materializing in the fog, squinting to keep my eyes free from blowing snow. Tears streamed across my cheeks, and my beard froze. Ice-coated stones stacked to eye level slowly came into focus. Then another blurry silhouette appeared in the distance. Reassured by their presence,…

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Each year, the Appalachian Mountain Club professional trail crew creates dozens of new and replacement trail signs to mark trailheads, junctions, and other special features throughout the White Mountains and beyond. This video shows how they do it—and why signs are an important part of AMC’s stewardship of 1,700 miles of trails in the Northeast….

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