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AMC's Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast

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AMC's Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast

Updates to AMC's Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast

Pages 125-127, 134, 137 (Tour 21, Pemigewasset River Tours and Tour 23, Pemi Traverse)

Posted September 26, 2012

Wilderness Trail is now Bondcliff Trail. Use this revised description for Lincoln Woods/Bondcliff Trail:

Lincoln Woods/Bondcliff Trail: From the information center, ski across a suspension bridge, and turn right onto Lincoln Woods Trail. The wide, flat trail follows the bed of a logging railroad that last ran in 1948. The trail is groomed on weekends by the U.S. Forest Service up to the wilderness area boundary (2.9 miles in), so it should make for fast cross-country skiing. The East Branch of the Pemigewasset meanders alongside the trail, offering glimpses of the peaks beyond.

After you cross a bridge over the Franconia Brook, a sign informs you that you are entering the official Pemigewasset Wilderness Area. The path now becomes Bondcliff Trail.

Ski for another 1.8 miles until you arrive at a former junction, where the section of trail that continued straight ahead has been decommissioned. A short distance ahead on the decommissioned trail, you can see the last of the old logging railroad bridges that is still standing. This bridge is suspended in more ways than one: It is in legal limbo because it is a "nonconforming artificial structure" in a wilderness area that by law must be removed; but it is also a significant historical artifact, which by law must be preserved. Nature is resolving this dispute her way: The old railroad bridge is slowly disintegrating, and skiers should not attempt to go on it. Skiers must turn around at this point and head back to the Lincoln Woods trailhead.