Crazy is the order of the day. With Sub zero temps forecast and sustained
winds of 100 plus miles per hour the weather is crazy.
With every parking lot from Randolph through to Pinkham
Notch loaded with cars, traffic on the trails is crazy.
Lines at the information desk and phones ringing off the
hook with hikers, skiers and climbers looking for up to date information before
their backcountry trip, the day here at the visitor center is crazy.
With craziness surrounding us, you’d be forgiven for
thinking that this might be a good time to stay away from the northern white
mountains, but that is not necessarily what we would suggest since there is
still plenty of untracked terrain out there and places where you can escape the
The results of the storm that left us with over two feet of
snow is still evident and if you have
the inclination and energy to search out those hidden gems of trails you can
find both solitude and untracked snow. All
indications are that the ‘trunk’ trails – Valley Way/Airline, Lowe’s path, 19
Mile brook, Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Imp and Carter Moriah Trail, etc., are
getting the bulk of the traffic.
Likewise, it’s logical to assume that major trails to the four thousand
footers are similarly well travelled but that still leaves plenty of open space
for you. Also, while the skiing in the
back country is still a mixed bag with alternating powder, windslab, wind
scoured, crust and sastrugi, we’ve had
good experiences this week on the Sherburne which has excellent top to bottom
coverage. Others have had great fun in
the Gulf of Slides so BC skiing is out there in the more popular spots and
elsewhere -- but I’m not saying where…
Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to moderate and
plenty of sun is in the forecast for the coming days and that should be ample
encouragement to get you up here and into the outdoors. This time of the year, the sun does its job
very well and with a length of day approaching 11 hours
we’ll have sap flowing very soon.
AMC Trails Desk
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