|Rocky Branch Trailhead 2.25.2013|
It’s finally March and the warm temperatures of Spring are
It’s currently 30 degrees
at AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and with over a foot of fresh snow in
the White Mountains on Wednesday and Thursday, the trails are covered with heavy,
The Mount Washington
is forecasting temperatures in the mid-teens on the higher summits of the White
Mountains for this weekend, with clouds and snow showers likely.
If you’re at lower elevations in the Whites,
expect temperatures in the mid 30s, with a chance of mixed precipitation on
both Saturday and Sunday.
|Beginning of the Sherburne and Gulf of Slides Ski Trails 3.1.2013|
The backcountry skiing has been phenomenal this week, with
great snow coverage on the John Sherburne, Gulf of Slides, Black Mountain, and
Doublehead Ski Trails.
I descended both
Black Mountain and Doublehead Ski Trails on Wednesday, and even though a few
stream crossings still exist on the Doublehead Ski Trail, the powder turns had
me grinning ear-to-ear and were well worth the two treks uphill.
Given the forecast, there is potential for a
crusty layer of snow to develop by the weekend, but hopefully the higher
elevations will only see the fluffy, white stuff!
Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine or the higher
aspects of the Gulf of Slides should be done with caution as hidden hazards
still exist beneath a fresh coating of snow.
I highly encourage you to check the Mount Washington Avalanche Center’s
before heading out this weekend, for whether you’re skiing, ice climbing, or
mountaineering, the Avalanche Advisory is a vital tool to help you travel
safely in avalanche terrain.
Avalanche Advisory and the latest weather from the Mt. Washington Observatory
is posted daily at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, so please
come in and check out our Conditions and Notices Board, grab any last-minute
provisions, and speak with AMC Staff about your itinerary or for suggestions
about hikes around the Whites.
|The Old Jackson Road Trail (Appalachian Trail) 3.1.2013|
Snowshoes are recommended for all hiking trails this weekend
in the White Mountains. Expect 1-2 ft.
of heavy, wet snow on top of 2 ft. of hard base snow on unbroken trails. Light winter traction devices will be
sufficient on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to
Hermit Lake Shelters or up to the beginning of the Lion Head Winter Route. Crampons and an ice axe are highly
recommended for the Lion Head Winter Route and for any other steep and
technical hiking terrain.
If you want to be out on the trails early this weekend, consider staying at AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in
Pinkham Notch, the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, or any of our three backcountry
winter huts (Carter Notch, Zealand Falls, and Lonesome Lake). Don’t hesitate to give our Reservations
Department a call at (603) 466-2727 Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Happy Trails! I’ll
see you on the mountain…
Cormac N. Griffin
Backcountry Information Specialist
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Appalachian Mountain Club
Gorham, New Hampshire 03581
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