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Trailwork: Old Bridle Path

Old Bridle Path Restoration August 8, 2012
One of the oldest trails in the White Mountains, the Old Bridle Path trail was severely damaged by the record breaking water dumped by Hurricane Irene, downgraded to a tropical storm, as it hit northern New England, August 28, 2011.

This trail, one of the most popular in the White Mountains, is one of the trails adopted by the AMC-NH Chapter. Unfortunately, this time, the repairs needed were beyond the ability of our volunteers to repair in time for the summer hiking season.

The AMC Trails Department requested and was granted in May, 2012, a $7,500 matching funds grant from the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation. To match those funds, the AMC-NH Chapter, along with the 4000 Footer Committee and the Worcester Chapter, each voted to contribute $2,500 to match the Hunt Foundation Grant.

The completion of this work was announced August 8, 2012. Below you can see some of the damage and the repairs.

Below the before and after pictures there is a large series of pictures by Bill Darcy, our dedicated long-time Trail Crew Co-Chair, showing the damage along with an analysis of what happened, what worked, and what didn't. Thank you Bill for all the pictures and years of hard work.

Note: Only the first 0.2 miles of the trail had the damage. We encourage you to take the short walk from the trail head to see the damage and restoration.




Old Bridle Path After Irene



Old Bridle Path After Irene



Old Bridle Path After Irene



Old Bridle Path After Repairs



Old Bridle Path After Irene



Old Bridle Path After Repairs



Old Bridle Path After Repairs



Old Bridle Path After Repairs



Old Bridle Path After Repairs



Old Bridle Path During Repairs



Old Bridle Path During Repairs



Old Bridle Path beginning - Rockier



Old Bridle Path beginning - Waterbars prevent errosion below Irene washout



Old Bridle Path beginning - End of Irene washout



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 1



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 2



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 3



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 4



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the wash returned to the trail 2



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 1



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 2



Old Bridle Path beginning - New material on trail at Falling Waters Junction



Old Bridle Path beginning - New material on trail above Falling Waters jct



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail 1



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - from river 2



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - from above 3



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - from above 4



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - from river 4



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - looking down wash off trail 2



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - looking down wash off trail 3



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where Walker Brook jumped across the trail - looking down wash off trail 4



Old Bridle Path beginning - New material from Walker Brook on the trail 1



Old Bridle Path beginning - Walker Brook bridge to Falling Waters erroded north side



Old Bridle Path beginning - Walker Brook had a log across this rock



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 3



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 4



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 5



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the wash returned to the trail 3



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 6



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 7



Old Bridle Path beginning - Irene removes LOTS of soil 8



Old Bridle Path beginning - Where the brook skipped the trail waterbars worked well 6



Old Bridle Path beginning - Wide flat rocky

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