Every year the AMC’s White Mountain Trail Crew replaces weathered or out-of-date trail signs with new ones. The old signs are collector’s items, having guided thousands of visitors for many years along celebrated paths throughout the Whites. All proceeds from the auction directly support AMC’s trail maintenance efforts.
The 2019 auction includes the following signs:
This small sign packs a wallop of history. The exact manufacture time frame is uncertain, but due to references to the Glen House and Pinkham Notch Camp (in addition to Mt. Madison and the Appalachian Trail) it’s likely to have been made prior to 1967. We give thanks to Anne, an old Garfield Campsite Caretaker, for donating this sign specifically for our auction.
Sitting at the top of Crawford Notch, this sign greeted every hiker starting their Web-Jack loop or maybe someone headed to Nauman or Mizpah for the night. Big and beefy, it made it through life without much incident – no graffiti or damage done by DOT plows in the winter.
Among the stunted spruce and fir, this sign directed hikers to go just a little farther to summit Cannon then stumble their way down the mountain back to Lonesome Lake. Our knees hurt just thinking about that descent! This sign is a reminder to all who didn’t take the tram to the top instead.
This trail, often referred to as “Squedge,” is a White Mountain Classic. Is it a long trail? No. Does it lead to a 4,000-footer? Nope. Its view, however, is unrivaled – looking into both Tux and Huntington Ravine with Mt. Washington poised strongly atop. This sign sat near the start of the trail where hikers of all abilities, in all seasons, have begun this climb.
While this sign wasn’t in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, there’s no doubt that hikers both starting and ending their trips would be excited to see. Carrigain Notch Trail is one of many trails that takes us into one Wilderness Area, more affectionately known as The Pemi. We all have places and trails that hold special meaning to us – we’re sure this sign evokes that feeling for many.
With a permanent residency at Split Rock, this sign lived a weathered life, yet remarkably the green lettering held strong. Hikers at this point still had a long hike ahead of them in either direction – up into the alpine zone or down (with quivering knees and burning quads) back to Pinkham Notch.
Fun Fact: The trail is named for physician and botanist Francis Boott (1792-1863), who happened to be best friends with Jacob Bigelow (see Bigelow Sedge) when they were at Harvard University.