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.
All images Copyright © by the photographer