AMC’s White Mountain Guide, 30th Edition

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Updates to White Mountain Guide, 30th Edition

Page 201, Pine Island Trail

Pine Island Trail has been permanently closed by the WMNF due to damage from the October 2017 storm.

Page 435, Imp Trail

Due to the ongoing pandemic, AMC has closed the route through the AMC Camp Dodge Volunteer Center property that links Imp Trail and Rt. 16. AMC requests that hikers refrain from using the route through the Camp Dodge property.

Page 60, Rocky Branch Trail

As of 2020, the northern 1.6 mi. of Jericho Rd./Rocky Branch Rd. (FR 27) remained closed due to storm damage. Hikers must park at a gate, 2.5 mi. from US 302, and walk the remaining section of the road. The bridge over Rocky Branch at the beginning of the trail is damaged; it can be used to cross over the river but requires some difficult maneuvering. Fording Rocky Branch is an alternative to using the bridge, but this is difficult and potentially dangerous in high water.

Pages 132-33, Rollo Fall Path

Revised description:
Near Bowman is Rollo Fall, an attractive cascade on the Moose River, now within the Randolph Community Forest and easily reached by a short path. From the Bowman trailhead, the path follows Presidential Rail Trail (sign: “Rollo Fall”) east for 0.15 mi., then turns right into the woods onto a footpath (sign: “Rollo Fall”). It passes through woods, then quickly turns left onto a grassy road (sign: “Path”; in reverse turn right here). The trail climbs slightly, passes under power lines, and turns sharply left onto a gravel footpath at 0.3 mi., which ascends gradually to the fall at 0.4 mi.

Page 136, Pine Mtn. Trail

Chapel Rock is now off-limits to the public during the months of June, July, and August while the Horton Center Camp is in session. At all other times during the off-season, hikers are welcome. New signage has been erected informing hikers they should avoid entering the private grounds of the camp.

Page 203, Thoreau Falls Trail

The bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River has been removed. Hikers must ford the river, a difficult and potentially dangerous crossing in high water.

Page 263, Gordon Pond Trail

All parking in the vicinity of the trailhead on NH 112 has been closed by the landowner, and the beginning of the trail has been posted as private property. Access to the trail from this trailhead is not recommended. The WMNF is examining potential alternative trailheads.

Page 301, Peaked Hill Pond Trail

There is a new parking area on Peaked Hill Pond Rd. This adds 0.1 mi. to all distances on the trail. “From US 3, follow Peaked Hill Pond Rd. west, passing under I-93 and turning right at 0.4 mi. where Lumber Rd. diverges on the L. Parking is on the left, 100 yd. beyond the junction. Continue on foot 0.1 mi. up the road past a gate and bear left, ascending along the right edge of a short washed-out section of the road. The road soon improves and continues up gradually to a fork at 0.6 mi. from the parking area…”

Page 311, Kodak Trail

The log footbridge over the brook 2.0 mi. up the trail has been washed away. Access to the other side is via an obvious beaten bypass.

Page 315, Wachipauka Pond Trail

The sign at the summit of Mt. Mist is no longer present.

Page 358, Guinea Pond Trail

The spur path to Guinea Pond is longer marked; both the sign and signpost are missing. On the northern end of the trail, the lightly-blazed bypass around a beaver pond is partially flooded, which would require a short bushwhack at times of high water.

Page 367, Ramsey Trail

(Rattlesnake Paths)
Due to heavy use, posted parking restrictions have been put into place along Pinehurst Rd.

Page 383, Champney Falls Trail

There has been a relocation in the lower section. “There, at 0.5 mi., the trail crosses the brook, runs along a relocated section on the east side, then recrosses the brook and rejoins the former route at 0.7 mi.”

Pages 441-442, Highwater Trail

From the southern junction with Moriah Brook Trail to about 2.0 mi. north of the junction with Shelburne Trail, there are numerous washouts along Highwater Trail where bushwhacking is required. Strong navigational skills are required to follow this section of trail.

Page 462, Doublehead Ski Trail

The proposed new parking area has been completed, along with a new 0.5 mi. connector to the ski trail.

Page 488, Cold Brook Trail

Enid Melrose Rd. has been closed to vehicle traffic; hikers must park on Adams Rd.

Page 517, Notch Trail

The second bridge on Shelter Brook Rd. is no longer passable by vehicles; hikers must park before this bridge.

Page 529, Scudder Trail

The section of trail from the summit of Mt. Ingalls to Ray’s Pond has been named John’s Way by the STC, in honor of longtime Shelburne resident John Gralenski.

Page 551, Boy Mtn. Path

The start of the trail has been relocated off the private driveway into a field directly to the right (east) of it. The start of the trail has no sign, but is marked with arrows. The trail passes to the right of the house and barn. Distance and elevation gain are unchanged.

Page 187, Frankenstein Cliff Trail

Please exercise additional caution during warm spells in winter and throughout spring, as dangerous falling blocks of ice have been reported.

Page 60, Rocky Branch Trail

Due to storm damage, the northern section of Rocky Branch Rd. (FR 27) has been closed indefinitely by the WMNF. The road is gated at 2.5 mi. from US 302. To reach the southern end of Rocky Branch Trail, hikers must park by this gate and walk 1.6 mi. up the closed section of the road. The bridge over the Rocky Branch at the southern end of the trail is severely damaged and difficult to access. Fording the Rocky Branch (very difficult and possibly dangerous in high water) may be required.

Page 51, Dry River Trail

An October 2017 storm caused additional major washouts on the lower part of the Dry River Trail. The trail may be very difficult to follow in places.

Page 105, Daniel Webster Scout Trail

Daniel Webster–Scout Trail begins on the main campground road 0.8 mi. south of the campground entrance, which is off Pinkham B Rd (Dolly Copp Rd.), 0.4 mi. west of NH 16. Adequate parking available on the left 0.1 mi. beyond the trailhead.

Page 163, Falling Waters Trail

Page 164, Old Bridle Path

Page 253, Lonesome Lake Trail

The Lafayette Place parking lots fill up early on fine summer and fall weekend days, and later-arriving hikers will need to take a state park shuttle (fee; $5 per person) from the Peabody Slopes parking area at Cannon Mountain Ski Area, located on the north side of NH 18, 0.5 mi. west of Exit 34C off I-93 (Franconia Notch Parkway). The shuttle operates from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays only, from Memorial Day through the weekend after Columbus Day. Hiking groups may drop off passengers and gear at the Lafayette Place trailhead, from where the driver can proceed to the Cannon parking area and take the shuttle back to Lafayette Place. Hikers are strongly urged not to miss the last northbound shuttle at 8:00 PM. Parking along the shoulder of I-93 (Franconia Notch Parkway) is now strictly prohibited and this policy will be enforced by police. If the Lafayette Place lots are full on days when the shuttle is not running, hikers will need to seek an alternate hike from another trailhead.

Page 179, Around the Lake Trail and Red Bench Trail

In May 2019 the west side of Around the Lake Trail was closed due to a mudslide. Repairs and a possible relocation are planned.

Page 181, A–Z Trail

“A–Z Trail diverges right from Avalon Trail and soon descends to cross a deep, steep-walled gully, then climbs steadily, angling up along the side of the brook valley that has its head at the Field–Tom col.”

In 2018 the AMC Trail Crew relocated the trail around the head of the deep, steep-walled gully, eliminating a steep down-and-up crossing of the gully.

Page 249, Kinsman Ridge Trail

At 0.4 mi., the grade relaxes, and the trail soon crosses a swampy sag on log bridges. At 0.6 mi. it reaches a jct. on the right where a spur path (the upper part of the former Dilly Trail) diverges right and descends 0.15 mi. and 150 ft. to an open ledge in a burned area with a wide view southeast. (Below here, the Dilly Trail has been permanently closed).

Page 286, Moosilauke Carriage Road

“Follow the road (paved for 0.5 mi., then gravel) for 1.5 mi. to a left-branching overgrown driveway to the former inn, where parking is available across from a Forest Protection Area sign. In 2016, the road was drivable to this point, though rough near the end; at times in the past it has not been maintained this far, making it necessary to park on the shoulder lower on the road. Beyond the sign, the road becomes rougher, but you may be able to drive another 0.1 mi. and park to the left just before the trail sign, where mileages begin.”

The upper part of Breezy Point Rd. has been washed out and is no longer passable by vehicle. Hikers must now park on the shoulder about 1.2 mi. from NH 118 and walk 0.4 mi. up the road to the trailhead sign.

Page 293, Chippewa Trail

Chippewa Trail turns right onto the logging road at the T intersection and follows it for 60 yd. Then, just 5 yds. after passing a steep, newer logging road diverging left, it turns left onto an older road (look for a yellow blaze on a tree) and begins the ascent of the mountain. The trail climbs easily, crossing another road, and passes a sign for the SPNHF Kingsbury-Chippewa Trail Forest, where there has been recent logging.

Page 312, Mt. Cube Section

“The trailhead is on Baker Rd., a gravel road that runs south from NH 25A 8.3 mi. west of NH 25 in Wentworth and 7.1 mi. east of NH 10 in Orford.”

Baker Rd. runs south from NH 25A 6.1 mi. east of NH 10 in Orford.

Page 312, Sunday Mountain Section

“Parking (sign and kiosk) for the eastern trailhead is on the right (east) side of Dame Hill Rd., a short distance from its eastern jct. with NH 25A; this is 5.7 mi. east of NH 10 in Orford and 9.7 mi. west of NH 25 in Wentworth.”

Dame Hill Rd. is 4.7 mi. east of NH 10 in Orford.

Page 342, East Pond Trail

“From here, it steadily on old logging roads, crossing Cheney Brook at 3.1 mi. and Pine Brook at 4.2 mi….”

From here, the trail descends steadily…

Page 437, Shelburne Trail

Due to damage from an October 2017 storm, the former crossing of the Wild River is no longer accessible on the east side of the river. If approaching from the Wild River Rd. end of Shelburne Trail, a path diverges right at the former crossing and leads 0.1 mi. north to the new crossing. From here it crosses the river diagonally to the southwest to rejoin the trail on the west bank. This crossing is difficult at moderate water levels and dangerous in high water.

Page 443, Moriah Brook Trail

The very difficult and potentially dangerous crossing of the Wild River is accessed via a path that diverges right from the former bridge location and in 40 yd. drops down a steep bank to the river.

Page 491, Stone House Trail

The main trail soon enters the WMNF. Shortly after swinging left at 1.2 mi., the trail bears right onto a new relocation that traverses out to the north, then turns southwest and makes a meandering climb to rejoin the original route at 1.5 mi. The trail then climbs northwest to the top of the ridge, where the trail ends at Blueberry Ridge Trail only a few steps from the top of Blueberry Mtn.

Note: The relocation adds about 0.2 mi. to the length of Stone House Trail, and also adds about 0.2 mi. to the Suggested Hike over Blueberry Mtn. on p. 476.

Page 514, Success Trail

The side road leading to the trailhead has been closed due to a washed-out culvert. Limited parking is available at the junction of the side road with Success Pond Rd. with new signage to reflect this change.

Page 534, White Trail

The Shelburne Trails Club has opened a new loop extension, 0.4 mi. long, from the northwest summit of Crow’s Nest to the southeast summit. The club plans to create three new view openings on the loop.

Pages 203–204, Thoreau Falls Trail, MAP 2: H6–G7 (5/24/18)

The U.S. Forest Service has closed the bridge on the Thoreau Falls Trail over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

The posted signs say: “This bridge is not safe and is out of service. Do not plan to use the Thoreau Falls bridge as it has been partially decommissioned to prevent use in its current condition. Hikers should use good judgement and should have contingency plans in case fording the river at this location is not possible. For questions please contact the Pemigewasset Ranger District at (603) 536-6100.”

Page 219: Hancock Notch Trail

“This trail begins at the Kancamagus Highway at the hairpin turn, 4.7 mi. east of the Lincoln Woods Parking area…” The trail is 5.7 mi. east of the Lincoln Woods Parking area.

Page 264

The Dilly Trail is now permanently closed due to damage sustained in a forest fire. The upper 0.1 mile of the trail will remain open as a spur from the Kinsman Ridge Trail to a viewpoint looking over Lost River.