John Sherburne Ski Trail

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The “Sherbie,” as it’s affectionately known, descends from the base of the Little Headwall all the way to the south end of the parking lot at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Originally cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, this trail has been a favorite descent route from Tuckerman Ravine for more than 70 years. The trail’s difficulty roughly equates to an intermediate run at a ski resort, the biggest difference being that it is an ungroomed backcountry trail, with difficult and variable conditions. Also, this means the response time should you become injured is going to be much longer than at a ski resort. The trail has several steep pitches, with added challenge coming in the form of water ice, wind-scoured sections, exposed rocks, and waterbars. Conditions change quickly, so be prepared for anything here.

The trail is not built for foot traffic, regardless of the season, so please do not walk or snowshoe up or down the trail. Skinning up the trail is permitted, however, be mindful that skiers and snowboarders may be coming down the trail and not expecting to see you. Stay well off to the side if you are skinning up the trail. Do note that the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is the preferred uphill route for backcountry skiers. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail roughly parallels the Sherburne Ski Trail and can be seen in the aerial photo.

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Please help us preserve and protect this unique backcountry recreational resource by donating to our cause or by becoming a regular annual member of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The funds we raise go back into trail maintenance and infrastructure projects on the eastern slopes of Mount Washington so that future generations can enjoy the thrill of a backcountry ski run on this awe-inspiring terrain!

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Reminder that all FOTR trail work volunteers will need to fill out a Trail Volunteer Waiver Form before participating in trail work volunteer days. As part of our stewardship agreement with the USFS, trail volunteers will also be expected to read and sign a Job Hazard Analysis form as well.

 

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