Also Noteworthy: Trail Work Tally, Hike 50 Challenge - Appalachian Mountain Club
Also Noteworthy: Trail Work Tally, Hike 50 Challenge - Appalachian Mountain Club

Also Noteworthy: Trail Work Tally, Hike 50 Challenge

May 29, 2018
Also Noteworthy
AMC FileAlso Noteworthy: 2017’s trail work tally—including Teen Trail Crews (above)—and 2018’s Hike 50 Challenge.

Also Noteworthy typically appears in print but was held from the Summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine to cover the unraveling of the Northern Pass transmission line at length. You can always find more AMC news in Field Notes.

2017 TRAIL WORK, BY THE NUMBERS
In 2017, more than 1,000 AMC trail crew volunteers dedicated 27,000-plus hours of work maintaining trails in New England and beyond. Crews worked on trails in the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire; in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and Greater Boston regions of Massachusetts; New York’s Harriman State Park; and New Jersey’s Delaware Water Gap; in addition to exotic locations in Costa Rica. Sincere thanks go to all involved, including AMC’s many partners. Find a breakdown of 2017 work below then sign up for a 2018 adult or teen trail crew. (Numbers represent totals from AMC’s Teen Trail Crew, Adult Volunteer Vacations, NH-JAG Trail Crew, Weekend Work Parties, and Adopt-A-Trail programs.)

  • 2.5 miles of brand new trail constructed
  • 6 rock retaining walls constructed
  • 15 dimensional bog bridges constructed
  • 32 native bog bridges constructed
  • 36 log steps installed
  • 39 rock staircases installed
  • 57 drainage dips installed
  • 67 rock water bars installed
  • 105 rock check steps installed
  • 110 miles of corridor cleaned
  • 118 stepping stones installed
  • 299 feet of turnpike installed
  • 657 blowdowns removed
  • 848 feet of rock retaining walls installed
  • 884 feet of side ditches maintained
  • 2,184 feet of side-hill construction
  • 3,604 drainage structures cleaned

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
The New England National Scenic Trail (New England Trail) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act by holding the Hike 50 Challenge. The idea is simple: Anyone who hikes 50 miles on the trail in 2018 will receive a special edition patch. Hikers can join AMC’s Berkshire Chapter on Tuesday nights in July and August for guided group tours. But hiking isn’t the only way to earn your stripes. Participants can design challenges to fit their own lifestyles. If trail work is your thing, you can earn points by volunteering on an AMC-led work party. Sign up for the challenge, find activities near you, then share your adventures on social media using #Hike50NET.


 

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Ryan Smith

Ryan is the managing editor of AMC Outdoors magazine and contributing professional photographer. He has worked for AMC as a backcountry caretaker, trail crew member, Mountain Classroom educator, and Teen Wilderness guide. His passions include hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and climbing.