Cranmore Connector is a heavily used, multi-user trail, that brings hikers and bikers from Cranmore Mountain to Black Cap Mountain and provides access to the network of trails in the Hurricane Mountain Zone.
This project focused on significant repairs to Cranmore Connector including repairing stone steps, repairing and replacing water bars to address erosion caused by water runoff, building and repairing scree walls, widening the trail and adding "switchbacks" to expand for multi-user use, and tread hardening.
A downhill mountain bike trail was also built between Black Cap and Cranmore Mountain to parallel and alleviate the Cranmore Connector, as well as to address safety issues regarding use of mountain bikes on the Cranmore Connector hiking trail. A professional trail builder, trail crew, and volunteers built the 1-mile trail, flow/jump trail three to four feet wide, full bench construction, armoring, bridges and berms. In-kind trail maintenance training was also provided to all volunteers and crews to establish a sustainable trail maintenance program.
Background & History
The Cranmore Connector Trail is a popular hiking trail that brings users to the top of Black Cap Mountain from Cranmore Mountain. It is also the main artery trail to access the mountain bike trail network in the Hurricane Mountain Zone (Red Tail, Kettle Ridge, Khandagner, Charlie Don’t Surf, etc.).
As a multi-user trail that gives outdoor recreation enthusiasts spectacular views as well as access to some of the best mountain bike riding in New Hampshire, this trail is suffering the consequences of overuse resulting in significant erosion, deterioration, and structural loss.