AMC’s White Mountain Guide, 30th Edition
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Updates to White Mountain Guide, 30th Edition
The current editors of the White Mountain Guide feel connected to a long and cherished tradition handed down to us by a century’s worth of editors and committee members. There are far too many names to list here-for a comprehensive history of the guidebook, see White Mountain Guide: A Centennial Retrospective, published by AMC Books-but we would like to acknowledge a few individuals whose contributions were especially noteworthy. These include Harland Perkins, who guided the book through its first three editions; Ralph Larrabee, whose meticulous editing graced the 4th through 9th editions; Howard M. Goff, guidebook committee chairman for the 11th through 21st editions, covering a period of more than 35 years; Eugene S. Daniell III, editor or co-editor for the 23rd through 28th editions, a quarter-century of service; and Jonathan Burroughs, co-editor for the 25th and 26th editions, who wheeled all the trails in the guide and-together with Eugene S. Daniell and Vera Smith (also co-editor for the 23rd edition)-transitioned the guidebook’s editing format from its former committee structure to its current stewardship under two co-editors. Since its beginning in 1907, this beloved and trusted guidebook has been a truly collaborative effort, and the current editors are only building upon the outstanding body of work established by the many who have come before us.
Pages xxv-xxvi, Forest Protection Areas
The sentence, “Some of these restrictions are in force throughout the year and others only from May 1 to November 1.” is no longer correct. FPA rules are now in effect year-round, except that camping is allowed in the alpine zone on 2 or more feet of snow.
Rocky Branch Shelter #2 is dismantled and now closed to the public. There are tenting options in the area
Page 59, Davis Path
“At 9.7 mi., a spur path (sign missing in 2011) diverges left at a ledgy spot, leading steeply in 125 yd. to the open summit of Mt. Isolation, which provides magnificent views in most directions.” Update: there is now a sign at the spur path reading “Mt. Isolation”
Rocky Branch Shelter #2 is dismantled and now closed to the public. There are tenting options in the area.
Page 171, Old Bridle Path, second paragraph, second sentence
The trail has been relocated beside the section eroded by the 2011 storm.
Page 211, Pine Island Trail
This trail has been relocated and reopened, with description as follows:
Pine Island Trail (WMNF)
This short yellow-blazed trail provides pleasant walking along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, making possible an easy loop hike in combination with Pemi East Side Trail. Two sections of the trail that were washed away by the 2011 storm have been relocated away from the river. Though the storm opened some interesting views near the trail, the riverbank is severely undercut in places and caution is advised. Pine Island Trail leaves Pemi East Side Trail on the left, 0.6 mi. north of the Lincoln Woods parking area, at the foot of a hill. It briefly follows an old logging road, then bears left to cross Pine Island Brook (may be difficult in high water) and a second, smaller brook. The trail soon swings right (north) and follows the wide, rocky river. At 0.2 mi., at a point near the riverbank, it bears right onto a relocated section, then rejoins the original route and passes through a red pine grove. At 0.6 mi., where the trail formerly swung to the left, it continues ahead on another relocated section, re-crosses Pine Island Brook, runs through coniferous woods, and again rejoins the original route. It then turns right (east) and soon ends at its northern junction with Pemi East Side Trail.
Pine Island Trail (map 2:I6)
Distance from south jct. with Pemi East Side Trail (1,220 ft.) to North jct. with Pemi East Side Trail (1,260 ft.): 0.9 mi., 50 ft., 30 min.
Distance from Lincoln Woods parking area (1,160 ft.) for Loop via Pemi East Side Trail and Pine Island Trail: 2.9 mi., 100 ft., 1hr. 30 min.
Pages 223-225, Signal Ridge Trail
Three relocations on the lower part of this trail were completed in the summer of 2012. The trail now follows a former section of Carrigain Notch Trail, and is 0.3 mi. longer overall. The revised description is as follows:
Signal Ridge Trail (WMNF)
This trail ascends to the summit of Mt. Carrigain by way of Signal Ridge, starting from Sawyer River Rd. (FR 34) 2.0 mi. from its jct. with US 302, which is 1.6 mi. north of the Sawyer Rock picnic area. The trail begins on the right just past the bridge over Whiteface Brook; a parking lot is on the left, also just beyond the bridge. The trail climbs moderately for most of its distance, using old roads that once provided access to the fire warden’s cabin. The views from the observation tower on the summit and from Signal Ridge are magnificent. The loop back to Sawyer River Rd. via Desolation and Carrigain Notch trails is interesting but much longer, rougher, and more strenuous.
Leaving the road on a section that was relocated in 2012, Signal Ridge Trail ascends along the south side of Whiteface Brook. It joins the older route of the trail at 0.3 mi. and follows the south bank of the attractive brook, passing small cascades and pools, then turns left onto another relocated section at 0.6 mi. It rejoins the older route at 0.8 mi. and begins to climb steadily away from the brook, then levels and crosses a flat divide. At 1.4 mi., Carrigain Brook Rd., an overgrown logging road, crosses the trail at a right angle. (This road is not passable by vehicles, but it can be followed south 1.6 mi. to Sawyer River Rd. about 0.3 mi. before the gate at the end of that road. However, there is a difficult brook crossing just before Sawyer River Rd. is reached.) At 1.7 mi., Signal Ridge Trail turns right, and in 60 yd. it crosses Carrigain Brook; care is required to find the trail on the opposite bank at this crossing, going either way. (At this right turn, the trail formerly continued ahead, but it has been relocated to follow what was formerly the lower part of Carrigain Notch Trail.) Continuing on logging roads at easy grades, Signal Ridge Trail passes by an area of beaver activity, then at 2.0 mi. it turns left onto a new section of trail at a jct. where Carrigain Notch Trail continues ahead. It swings left and climbs over a small ridge, crosses a small brook on a log bridge, and rejoins the older route at 2.3 mi. It now begins to ascend, gradually at first. At 2.7 mi., it turns sharp left where an old road continues straight up the valley. The trail angles up the end of a ridge, turns right to climb, then makes another sharp left turn (arrow) at the site of an old camp and angles up again.
At 3.1 mi., Signal Ridge Trail turns sharp right into a birch-lined straight section 1.0 mi. long with rocky footing that rises steadily at an angle up the steep side of the valley, with occasional restricted views. At the end of this section, the trail turns sharply left and zigzags up the nose of Signal Ridge, reaching the high point of the bare crest of the ridge at 4.8 mi. Views are excellent, particularly to the cliffs of Mt. Lowell across Carrigain Notch. The trail descends slightly, then angles left around to the south slope of the summit cone, climbing gradually to the site of the old fire warden’s cabin, where there is a well (water unsafe to drink without treatment). Bearing left from the small clearing, the trail soon swings right and climbs steeply to the small sag between Carrigain’s two summit knobs, then turns right and soon reaches the summit, where an observation tower provides magnificent views. Here, Desolation Trail enters from the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Signal Ridge Trail (map 3: I8-H7)
Distances from Sawyer River Rd. (1,380 ft.) to
Carrigain Notch Trail (1,920 ft.): 2.0 mi., 550 ft., 1 hr. 15 min.
Signal Ridge (4,420 ft.): 4.8 mi., 3,100 ft. (rev. 50 ft.), 3 hr. 55 min.
Mt. Carrigain summit (4,700 ft.): 5.3 mi., 3,400 ft. (rev. 50 ft.), 4 hr. 20 min.
Distance from US 302 (897 ft.) to
Mt. Carrigain summit (4,700 ft.): 7.3 mi., 3,900 ft. (rev. 100 ft.), 5 hr. 35 min.
Pages 225-226, Carrigain Notch Trail
The southernmost 0.3 mi. of this trail has become part of Signal Ridge Trail, and there is a new junction where Carrigain Notch Trail and Signal Ridge Trail diverge. The revised description is as follows:
Carrigain Notch Trail (AMC)
This trail begins on Signal Ridge Trail 2.0 mi. from Sawyer River Rd., runs through Carrigain Notch, and ends at Stillwater Junction, where Carrigain Notch Trail meets Wilderness and Shoal Pond trails (see Section Three). The section of Carrigain Notch Trail northwest of Carrigain Notch lies within the Pemigewasset Wilderness. (Note: Carrigain Notch Trail formerly extended 0.3 mi. farther south, but due to a 2012 relocation, that section is now part of Signal Ridge Trail.)
Carrigain Notch Trail diverges right from Signal Ridge Trail and leads north up the valley at easy grades on old logging roads. It crosses several washed-out stony areas, where care is required to follow the trail, and at 1.3 mi. it turns left off the road to bypass a muddy section. Here, just to the right of the trail, beside Carrigain Brook, you have a view of the ledges of Vose Spur, which form the west side of Carrigain Notch. Soon returning to the road, the trail climbs more steeply, and at 2.0 mi., reaches its height-of-land well up on the west wall of the notch and enters the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Very soon, the trail joins and follows an old logging road on the north side of the notch, descending moderately. At 2.8 mi., the trail turns left off the logging road and follows a path through the woods that avoids the wet sections of the old road while continuing to use some of the dry parts; in places, care is required to follow the trail. At 3.8 mi., shortly after crossing a brushy area, the trail enters an old railroad grade and turns sharply left on it; Nancy Pond Trail follows the grade to the right from this point. At 4.6 mi., Carrigain Notch Trail bears left off the railroad grade, then soon turns sharply right where Desolation Trail continues straight across a brook. In another 0.1 mi., Carrigain Notch Trail bears left where a blocked-off path diverges right. At 4.8 mi., the trail bears to the right, away from the Carrigain Branch, and descends gradually to Stillwater Junction on the East Branch; here Wilderness Trail turns sharply left, and Shoal Pond Trail turns right and immediately crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset.
Carrigain Notch Trail (map 3: I8-H7)
Distances from Signal Ridge Trail (1,920 ft.) to
Carrigain Notch (2,637 ft.): 2.0 mi., 700 ft., 1 hr. 20 min.
Nancy Pond Trail (2,140 ft.): 3.8 mi., 700 ft. (rev. 500 ft.), 2 hr. 15 min.
Desolation Trail (2,210 ft.): 4.6 mi., 750 ft., 2 hr. 40 min.
Stillwater Junction (2,050 ft.): 5.4 mi., 750 ft. (rev. 150 ft.), 3 hr. 5 min.
Page 264-265, Veterans Trail
Signs for Veterans Trail are not yet in place; signs on the trail still refer to Bald Mtn. and Artist’s Bluff.
Page 280, Reel Brook Trail
Second paragraph, first sentence – “northwest of Reel Brook” should be “northeast of Reel Brook.”
Page 298-300, Gorge Brook Trail and Snapper Trail
These trails were affected by a recently completed relocation to bypass damage from Tropical Storm Irene, with descriptions as follows:
Gorge Brook Trail (DOC)
This trail runs from the end of Ravine Lodge Rd. to the summit of Mt. Moosilauke. This relatively easy trail affords some interesting views as it climbs.
Leaving the turnaround at the end of Ravine Lodge Rd., Gorge Brook Trail follows the gravel logging road (which is now also the start of Asquam-Ridge Trail) northeast for 100 yd., then turns left, then left again, and descends rather steeply to Baker River. It crosses the river on a footbridge, and immediately turns left at 0.2 mi. where a former section of Asquam-Ridge Trail diverged right. (This section of Asquam-Ridge Trail has been closed because of washouts from the 2011 storm.) In a short distance, Gorge Brook Trail bears right where a path leads 70 yd. left to the Class of ’97 SwimHole. In another 90 yd. Hurricane Trail continues straight ahead, whereas Gorge Brook Trail turns sharply right uphill and follows a rocky footway along Gorge Brook, then crosses it on a bridge at 0.6 mi. On the far side, Gorge Brook Trail meets Snapper Trail and coincides with it, continuing straight ahead; the former section of Gorge Brook Trail that led to the right along the west bank of the brook has been closed due to damage from the 2011 storm. At 0.8 mi. Gorge Brook Trail diverges right from Snapper Trail and follows a relocated section, climbing well above the brook at easy grades. It rejoins the older route at 1.2 mi. and crosses back over the brook on a bridge at 1.3 mi. At 1.6 mi., the trail passes the memorial plaque for the Ross McKenney Forest; here, the trail swings right, away from the brook, and ascends east and northeast. At 2.1 mi., the trail turns left onto an old logging road, passes a cleared outlook to the south, then turns left off the road and winds uphill at moderate grades, passing more outlooks to the south and east. At 3.3 mi., the trail reaches a shoulder covered with low scrub that affords a view to the summit ahead and soon breaks into the open on the grassy ridge crest. The trail continues to the base of the summit rocks, then clambers up the last rocky 50 yd. to the summit. On the descent, though the trails are fairly well signed, the maze of beaten paths (including several abandoned trails) in this area might prove confusing in poor visibility. From the summit, Gorge Brook Trail descends briefly eastward down the rocks and then runs southeast along a grassy shoulder until the trail reaches the scrub.
Gorge Brook Trail (map 4: J3-I3)
Distances from Ravine Lodge Rd. (2,480 ft.) to
Lower jct. with Snapper Trail (2,660 ft.): 0.6 mi., 300 ft. (rev. 100 ft.), 25 min.
McKenney Forest plaque (3,250 ft.): 1.6 mi., 900 ft., 1 hr. 15 min.
Mt. Moosilauke summit (4,802 ft.): 3.7 mi., 2,450 ft., 3 hr. 5 min.
Snapper Trail (DOC)
This trail was originally cut as a downhill ski trail, but it was almost completely relocated in 1991 and features less steep grades and drier footing than before. The trail runs from a bridge on Gorge Brook Trail 0.6 mi. from Ravine Lodge Rd. to Moosilauke Carriage Road 2.1 mi. below the summit of Mt. Moosilauke. This makes possible a number of loop hikes from Ravine Lodge Rd.; particularly attractive is the circuit over the summit of Mt. Moosilauke that combines the Snapper Trail-Moosilauke Carriage Road route with Gorge Brook Trail-these two routes are approximately equal in distance and difficulty. Snapper Trail begins at the first bridge over Gorge Brook on Gorge Brook Trail, and in its lower section coincides with that trail. The combined trails immediately pass a closed section of Gorge Brook Trail on the right, and ascend northwest along a tributary. At 0.2 mi. Gorge Brook Trail diverges right onto a relocated section and Snapper Trail continues ahead, crossing the tributary at 0.3 mi. Snapper Trail swings left, then right, crosses another tributary, then angles up the slope in a southwest direction at a moderate grade. At 0.9 mi., Snapper Trail crosses the old trail route and continues to its jct. with Moosilauke Carriage Road.
Snapper Trail (map 4: J3-J2)
Distance from lower jct. with Gorge Brook Trail (2,660 ft.) to
Moosilauke Carriage Road (3,360 ft.): 1.1 mi., 700 ft., 55 min.
Distance from Ravine Lodge Rd. (2,480 ft.) to
Mt. Moosilauke summit (4,802 ft.) via Gorge Brook Trail, Snapper Trail, and
Moosilauke Carriage Rd.: 3.8 mi., 2,450 ft. (rev. 100 ft.), 3 hr. 5 min.
Page 355, Greeley Ponds Trail
The trail is now open from the Livermore Trail jct. north to the jct. with Timber Camp Trail. It is closed from the Timber Camp Trail jct. north to the south end of the lower pond. The section from the lower pond to the Kancamagus Highway is open.
Page 411, Bickford Trail
In the second paragraph, third sentence – the two sheds that are mentioned are no longer present.
Page 423-425, UNH Trail
The lower section of the eastern part of the loop has been closed due to erosion, and a new connecting section of trail has been built starting 0.8 mi. up the western part of the loop. The second and third paragraphs of the trail description are revised as follows:
The trail leaves Downes Brook Trail on the left 40 yd. from the edge of the parking lot and follows an old railroad grade 0.2 mi. to the former loop jct.; here, the trail turns right to ascend to the new loop jct., and the former east branch (no longer maintained for hiking) continues straight on the old railroad grade. The trail runs at easy grades, crosses a skid road, then climbs moderately past a clearcut area on the left. At 0.8 mi. it reaches the new loop jct. From this point, the loop will be described in the clockwise direction (east branch to summit, then west branch back), although the loop is equally good in the opposite direction. The east branch turns left here and descends gradually across the slope, then turns right onto the older route at 1.1 mi. It follows an old logging road, climbing moderately, and swings right to cross White Brook at 1.3 mi. The trail climbs across the northeast slope of the mountain, crosses a small brook, climbs by switchbacks through spruce forest, and swings left, descending slightly to a northeast outlook. Here, the trail bears right and climbs, swinging right again up open rock to the east ledges at 2.1 mi., where you have fine views south and east. The trail dips into a patch of woods, then runs along the top of the cliffs on the south face (follow blazes carefully) and enters the woods under the steep, ledgy south side of the main peak. The trail descends and then ascends, bearing gradually toward the north onto the west slope of the main peak of Hedgehog Mtn., which the trail climbs in a series of short ledgy switchbacks, passing several outlooks. It reaches the summit at 2.9 mi., where nearby ledges provide views in most directions. The trail descends easily through an open area, with views to the north, then descends steadily with fairly rough footing and makes a left turn at 3.7 mi. Here, a side path (sign) climbs steeply right 60 yd. to Allen’s Ledge, swinging left along the base of a rock face; by descending carefully to a lower ledge perch, one can obtain a wide view to the east and northeast. The main trail descends to cross a small brook, then climbs a bank and turns right onto an old logging road (in the reverse direction, the trail descends left off the logging road) and follows the road down past the new loop jct. to the railroad grade. Turn left to return to the parking area.
UNH Trail (map 3: J8)
Distances from parking lot off Kancamagus Highway (1,270 ft.)
to east ledges (2,300 ft.): 2.1 mi., 1,100 ft. (rev. 50 ft.), 1 hr. 35 min.
to Hedgehog Mtn. summit (2,532 ft.): 2.9 mi., 1,400 ft. (rev. 100 ft.), 2 hr. 10 min.
for complete loop: 4.8 mi., 1,400 ft., 3 hr. 5 min.
Page 456, Shelburne Trail and Page 460, Highwater Trail
The trails are severely washed out and difficult to follow at the Shelburne Trail/Highwater Trail jct.
Page 456: Shelburne Trail
“For the north terminus, leave US 2 about 9 mi. east of Gorham, at the west end of an abandoned wayside area (sign for Conner Rd.), 0.2 mi. west of the Maine-New Hampshire border?”Update: There is no longer a sign for Conner Rd. The road to the trail head starts from a parking area for the Old Man on the Mountain trail. This parking area, along route 2, has an easy to see hiking and a parking sign, as well as a sign for the Old Man on the Mountain. The road to the Shelburne trail head is very easily accessible and does end at a gate where there is plenty of parking.
“This trail ascends to Mahoosuc Trail 0.6 mi. north of Mt. Success, starting on a gravel logging road (sign: “Success Trail Head”) off Success Pond Rd.; the best parking is along the road the trail follows in its lower part. The trail follows the logging road, bears right at a fork (sign) at 0.15 mi. (parking space on right), and continue on the road, which is now narrower and rougher (but passable for passenger vehicles as of 2011), to a large grassy clearing at 0.4 mi., with ample parking space.”
Update: Turn right at Success Trial Head sign, follow road, bearing right at fork. Drive to a large grassy area where the road ends. (Passable for passenger vehicles) Trail head starts upper right corner with plenty of parking.
Page 549, Peabody Brook Trail
A new spur trail (sign), about 0.4 mi. long, has been opened by the Shelburne Trails Club, leading from Peabody Brook Trail, about 2.6 mi. from North Rd., to the open ledges on the south side of Bald Cap Peak, where there are wide views.
Page 549, Peabody Brook Trail
“The trail follows a logging road between two houses, passes a gate, bears right at a four-way intersection, and crosses Peabody Brook on a logging bridge at 0.2 mi.” Update: The bridge is no longer there, please use caution and best judgment with this trail, you can cross where the bridge used to be but the sides are steep.
Page 583, Ice Gulch Path
In the sixth sentence, the words “and Boothman Spring Cutoff” should be deleted; this trail no longer continues through to Randolph Hill Rd.
Page 595, Starr King Trail
The restricted view near the summit of Mt. Starr King has been partially cleared.
Old Summer Club Trail “Walk 100 yd. back to the fork just east of the parking area and turn left onto gravel Summer Club Rd. (no trespassing signs do not apply to hikers who stay on the trails) In 0.1 mi. where the road curves left, bear right onto an older woods road, soon passing a metal gate, where a snowmobile trail joins from the left.” Update: In 0.1 mi. where the road curves left, bear right onto an older woods road, soon passing a metal gate. Continue on this road passing a large grassy area, bear left here at the fork. At 0.5 mi., turn sharply left onto another woods road lined with birches.
Page 627, Suggested Hikes
The first route described for Rogers Ledge should be 8.4 mi., 1,600 ft., 5 hr.
Page 631, Helpful Information and Contacts
There is a new web address for the White Mountain National Forest, fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
Maps 5 and 6
Robinson Peak State Forest (D12-D13) This parcel of land was erroneously identified as state land named “Robinson Peak State Forest.” It is known as Robinson Peak Forest, and is private land on which the state holds a conservation easement.