WMNF Announces Temporary Tuckerman Ravine Trail Reroute on Mount Washington
GORHAM, NH, August 31, 2016. Hikers planning a trip up Mt. Washington after the Labor Day weekend should be aware that a half-mile of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail will be closed and rerouted for bridge construction beginning September 6th. The existing bridge sustained significant damage during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and needs to be replaced. This popular trail is used by thousands of hikers a year to access Mt. Washington. During construction, the trail will be rerouted via sections of the Huntington Ravine Trail and Raymond Path. Visitors can obtain additional information about alternate routes at the Androscoggin Ranger District, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and at Mount Washington State Park information desk.
Tropical Storm Irene caused an estimated $10 million in damage to the White Mountain National Forest. Several other bridges on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail were damaged and will be replaced as funding allows. The National Forest Foundation, which was created by Congress as the official nonprofit partner of the USDA Forest Service, has partnered with the Forest to help address this work.
While these bridges are important to hikers, they are also used by Forest Service Snow Rangers to shuttle personnel and supplies to Hermit Lake in the winter/spring months. This motorized access is critical to the avalanche forecasts produced by the Snow Rangers and the search and rescue incidents that they manage.
All visitors and hikers should carry a map and pay attention at the junctions along the detour. Plan additional time for your trip. The additional mileage is not significant but the trail character changes and the terrain will likely make your journey a little slower.
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