|Big Pines Natural Area|
All front country skiing is closed now but the Tuckerman’s
season is well under way!!!
There is still over a foot of snow still at Hermit Lake Shelters and much more of course in the Bowl! People are skiing most of the lines and
having a good time.
Many others are
heading up to watch the fun!
Be sure to
read the current avalanche advisory
for the issues you should be on lookout for!
Huntington’s Ravine is no longer being
monitored and we have received no reports recently from what’s going on in the
Gulf of Slides.
The Tuckerman Ravine
Trail is bare for well over the first mile of trail at this time.
People have still been skinning from there
Light Traction is helpful but people are also bare booting it.
Sherburne Ski Trail is closed. The Lion's Head Winter Route is now closed, and the summer route is open.
I’d recommend looking up the AMC Conditions
board on our website for the up to date conditions from on location!
|Approaching the summit of Great Hill|
Speaking of the conditions, many of our back country huts
are open now on a self-service basis, offering you a number of creative options
to get back into the woods!
Look them up
on AMC Conditions
as well and on the reservations page
to check out
For adventuresome hikers, there is plenty afoot! Although it was already hazing up by the time
I got out after work yesterday, I still had a fabulous day on Thursday May
8! I broke a sweat and I even squashed
one black fly!
I only had my hiking sandals with me at work so I headed a
bit south to avoid both snow and mud.
managed to do both at the Hemenway State Forest in Tamworth NH
A little network of trails travels through
Big Pines Natural Area and over Great Hill, home of Great Hill Fire Tower
Wonderful easy trails with some great forests
and expansive views from the summit!
|White Face and Passaconoway from the summit of Great Hill|
We still don’t have leaves on the trees up north here so the
largest caution of the moment is to remember your sun block (especially for you
Tucks folks!!!)! I had no snow or ice on
my climb but I only ascended to 1300 feet.
Even in the Lakes Region I would expect snow and ice somewhere between
2000 and 3000 feet, especially in the thicker forests and deeper gullies. It IS receding but slowly! I am not getting reports of armpit deep snow
anymore up here in Pinkham Notch but I am definitely still getting reports of
1-2 feet on higher trails that have been less used. Where they are more
used, you will find hard
pack and ice lingering away!
|The New England town of Tamworth from the Summit|
When you avoid the snow, expect some mud! This is definitely mud season and although it’s
not the muddiest we’ve had by far, you will find patches most everywhere you
travel in the woods right now. Be
prepared with good footwear (as opposed to my sandals!).
For the Whites right now no matter what form of boot you wear, I would definitely carry
Snowshoes are really questionable.
I would put them in your trunk and make your decision last minute
depending on what you are looking at in the hills into which you plan to
travel! If you bring them, you may not
need them. If you don’t bring them, you
may very well have to turn around at some point!
|The Great Hill Fire Tower on the Summit of Great Hill|
A description of the Hemenway State Forest Hike I did can be
found in the White Mountains Guide
on page 397. The hike was between 2 and 2 1/2 miles long and I would rate it easy. The whole trip took me a couple of hours with the time at the top!
With the changing conditions stay tuned for trail updates! 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 9:00 PM or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make
reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call (603)466-2727 available
Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm. Be sure to check weather conditions
and avalanche reports
before you come and call us here with any questions! We'll see you up here!
Happy spring adventuring!
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
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