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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.


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