Due to the recent partial government shutdown one of
the most commonly asked questions this week is if the White Mountain
National Forest trails are
open. Although the U.S. Forest Service is closed, the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is not under a
closure order, making visitors free to recreate in the forest! Visitors
however should expect WMNF ranger stations, campgrounds, and restrooms
closed. The Hermit Lake Shelter in Tuckerman Ravine is also closed and
camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile of the Cutler River Drainage
Area. For a more detailed list of the official backcountry camping rules please refer to the current
list of WMNF Backcountry Camping Rules. The AMC is also updating on our News Bulletin with as much information to help you plan your trip. Photo above was taken this morning on the Boot Spur Trail looking at the summit of Mt. Washington. Photo below is on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail with the intersection of the Boott Spur Trail.
So where can you camp and stay? State parks and campgrounds, campgrounds on private land, AMC huts, Pinkham
Notch's Joe Dodge Lodge, the Highland Center, and Cardigan Lodge and Campground are
open! The Appalachian Trail is open on state lands, including backcountry
shelters and campsites from Carlo Col north and on the Grafton Loop Trail in
Maine’s Mahoosuc region.
The main rules to follow if you are backcountry camping are:
200 feet off of the trail
200 feet away from a water source
1/4 mile from a trail intersection, hut, shelter or trailhead, developed day use site or campground
No camping in the Alpine Zone meaning that trees must be at least 8 feet tall
This morning I was able to hike to Tuckerman Ravine, then up the Boott Spur Link to the alpine zone. The foliage is still looking great, lots of orange hues still on the trails and looking into the valleys! All pictures posted were from just a few hours ago. Picture above is from the Boott Spur Trail looking northeast, to the right is from the Boott Spur Trail looking at the summit of Mt. Washington
Keep in mind that the leaves have been falling which can cover up rocks and branches, so make sure to have good footing. The trails are dry right now, making for some great hiking up to the summits!
Also with the changing of the seasons please make sure to Hike Safe and always bring the 10 Essentials along with you.
Guests with questions or concerns about the status of their reservations
should contact AMC Reservations at (603) 466-2727. Anyone with
questions about the status of White Mountain trails and shelters should
contact the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk at (603) 466-2721. Those with questions concerning the Appalachian Trail should contact the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at (304) 535-6331.
For any general questions, conditions information, or trail advice, please feel free to contact us
here at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk. We are
available by phone at (603) 466-2721 every day from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM
or by email at email@example.com. To make reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call
(603)466-2727 available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
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