Crawford Path (Phase I)

Leading up to the trail's 200-year anniversary, WMTC hosted the first season of the Crawford Path project. Over the course of the summer, 297 crew members, 20+ partners, and 11 trail crews participated in the 36 crew-week project.



The Work

Youth crews, family volunteers, a deaf youth conservation group, trail clubs, and the Forest Service all worked together to brush over 6,406 feet of trail, install 8 bog bridges, construct 63 rock steps and 26 rock water bars, and maintain over 470 feet of drainage. WMTC provided two skills training, focused on rigging, which brought together crews from various partner organizations. The Mount Washington Auto Road and Mount Washington Cog Railway partnered with the Collective to provide logistical support in transporting crews and equipment.

A key component of the project was monitoring and protecting the fragile alpine ecosystem surrounding Crawford Path. Crews did work to cover illegal cut-off trails and protect fragile vegetation. Botanists also worked side-by-side with trail crews to educate crews on best practices to avoid and mitigate the impact on alpine vegetation while they work.

Background & History

The Crawford Path was built in 1819, making it the oldest, continuously maintained and used footpath in America. The trail travels 8.5 miles beginning in Crawford Notch (1,900 feet) and terminating at the Mt. Washington summit (6,288 feet). The trail is overlaid by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail for 5.4 miles, providing it additional status as a flagship trail and valued destination.