Thousands of miles of trails, one project at a time.
By partnering with trail clubs, volunteers, and like-minded individuals, we are able to maximize the efficiency and reach of every donation and resource.
Some of the 2+ miles of trails leading up to, around, and sometimes above each crag, were user-created and established without consideration for today's trail standards or sensitive habitats. In many cases, the trails are steep, eroding, and do not provide stable and safe access.
Androscoggin Area Trails Rehab
This project will focus on four high-use trails: Gulfside, Great Gulf Link, Unknown Pond, and Great Gulf. These trails receive extensive use and are still in need of repairs for damage done by Hurricane Irene 10 years ago.
Old Bridle Path (OBP)
Old Bridle Path to West Rattlesnake Mountain, the most popular trail in the Squam watershed, receives significant foot traffic (an estimated 30,000 people hike the trail annually). Overuse has contributed to large-scale erosion, gullying, and corridor widening along the entirety of the trail.
Part of the WMNF's larger scale Wanosha Project, the Smarts Brook mountain bike trails are a system of user-created trails that the WMNF would like to expand to create a sustainable, inclusive network for multiple riding levels.
Annual Level-1 Maintenance
WMTC will continue working with partners, volunteers, and trail adopters to complete the inventory of annual trail maintenance. Without annual maintenance, the backlog of more extensive trail repair work will continue to grow.
Work includes constructing approx. 20 linear-feet of stone stairs and a 117-foot wide retaining wall to stop erosion where climbers stage, as well as building belay staging areas, rock steps, tread hardening, re-routes around eroded areas of vegetation, re-vegetation, and other trail infrastructure improvements.
Sandwich Range Wilderness
This project will focus on part of the White Mountain National Forest’s "critical need projects," and will focus on the most highly used, impacted and eroded trails. This project will include a week-long Wilderness Skills Specific Training.
An extremely popular trail in the White Mountain National Forest, Iron Mountain boasts incredible views on a family-friendly hike. It is also a historical site that is home to the remains of a 19th century iron mine with slag heaps of magnetite, a deep pit, and a tunnel.
The proposed "Ravine Trail" is a 1.4 mile ADA Interpretive trail that would serve as a community resource for enhancing recreational opportunities, fostering educational spaces, protecting unique natural resources, and preserving access to open space for all in perpetuity.
Cranmore Connector (Phase II)
The Cranmore Connector Trail is a heavily used, multi-purpose trail that runs from the summit of Cranmore Mountain east-west along the ridge line to connect to the Black Cap Trail.
Black Cap Trail
The Black Cap Trail is a popular, heavily used, multi-purpose trail that runs from the parking area at the top of Hurricane Mountain Road to the summit of Black Cap Mountain.
Glen Ellis Falls
Glen Ellis Falls is one of the oldest and most popular day use sites in the White Mountains. This project addressed eroded treadway, slumping base materials, drainage and helped meet Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG).
Cathedral Ledge is an iconic destination for climbers in the Mount Washington Valley. The project required highline rigging, stone splitting, dry-stack stone-work, and repairing deteriorating wooden structures to mitigate erosion and improve visitor experience.
As a heavily used, multi-recreational trail, Cranmore Connector suffered from erosion, deterioration, and structural loss. The project included repairing stone steps + water bars, building scree walls, widening the trail, adding switchbacks, and tread hardening. A mountain bike trail was also built between Black Cap and Cranmore Mtn to alleviate the Cranmore Connector.
This project included two machine-built, mountain bike trails in a corridor from Cranmore Mountain to Hurricane Mountain Road. This is an important connector between two highly used mountain bike networks and will alleviate a considerable parking problem at Black Cap Mountain and Hurricane Mountain Road.
Crawford Path (pHASE II)
The Crawford Path project continued in 2019 — its 200th anniversary as a continuously maintained trail. With a growing base of partners and volunteers, repairs to drainage, water bars, and blow downs were completed.
Crawford Path (pHASE I)
In the first year of work on Crawford Path, more than 20 partners and 11 trail crews brushed over 6,406 feet (1,953 m) of trail, constructed 63 rock steps, built 26 rock water bars, and installed 8 bog bridges.