Trail Work

Nestled in the shadows east of Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has remained relatively wild since its designation by President Obama in 2016. Sparse infrastructure throughout the monument’s 87,500 acres, much of which once served the area’s logging industry, offers minimal support for outdoor recreation. In order to make the monument…

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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…

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  AMC’s trail-blazing legacy extends back to its founding, in 1876. One of the organization’s first White Mountain projects, constructing Lowe’s Path, involved installing signs on 400 trees. The crew hung a small board every 100 meters (yes, they originally used the metric system) and painted the same information on flat stones, from treeline to…

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The following story, “Mahoosuc Notch,” by Arthur Stanley Pease, comes from the June 1918 issue of AMC’s journal, Appalachia (Vol. XIV, No. 3), and is reproduced here in its entirety. Read about a present-day backpacker exploring the Mahoosuc Trail on its 100th anniversary in “The Longest Mile,” from the summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors…

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There are no mindless miles in the Mahoosuc Range. You will crane your neck upward to take in the incline and crawl on your hands and knees to chip away at the distance. Hikers say each section of the Appalachian Trail has its own personality. Well, this section is contradictory: stubborn but forgiving, ambitious yet…

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The sounds of summer are only a few weeks away: kids laughing and playing at the park, the conspicuous jingle of the ice cream truck, the buzz of lawnmowers cutting the grass, pickaxes and shovels clinking on hardened earth and rock. Wait, pickaxes and shovels? That’s right: Summer is trail work season in New England….

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The trailhead for Mount Prospect, in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, is innocuous, with parking for only two cars—three if you pull in nose-to-tail, tight against the maples and pines. For all of the trailhead’s subtlety, the route itself is well marked, winding over a small stream that’s crossable in one large leap if the weather…

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Talk about a winning combo: AMC was delighted to recognize two outstanding representatives of its hardworking volunteers and staff at the 2018 Annual Summit in January. Ann Phair, AMC’s sales and guest services manager, says receiving the 2017 Joe Dodge Award came as a surprise. But Paul Cunha, vice president of operations, says Phair was…

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Just inside the door to AMC’s trails workshop in Pinkham Notch, N.H., there’s a battered wood tool bench with a faded logo spray-painted on its side: a pair of double-bit axes forming a cross. Actual axes and ax heads cover the bench’s surface. Many are rusted and missing handles; others feature jagged shards of wood…

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An inside look at the construction of AMC’s newest shelter at Speck Pond in Maine.

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