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    Anyone know if Haystack Road is still closed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J&J View Post
    NH Division of Forests and Lands reports that the Nash Stream Gate will be opened Friday May 20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhody Seth View Post
    Anyone know if Haystack Road is still closed?
    Haystack road was closed last night.
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    Haystack Rd was gated at 6:15 AM SAT with 4 cars in front of it but was open when I went by at 5:30 PM. FYI.
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    Drove Jefferson Notch Road today 5-26-16 from Valley Road to Base Road...in good shape, also lots of vehicles at Caps Ridge Trailhead....

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    It's Nov. 3rd.
    Word I heard on the street is that Bear Mt. Road is already closed for the season.

    Anyone know about Sandwich Notch? I want to get in there this Saturday.
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    Jeez, closing roads already? I want to head up to Wild River Wilderness area to hike this weekend. Im assuming the road to the campsites at Wild River is still open, but guess I'll have to be flexible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egilbe View Post
    Jeez, closing roads already? I want to head up to Wild River Wilderness area to hike this weekend. Im assuming the road to the campsites at Wild River is still open, but guess I'll have to be flexible.
    I have been into the Wild River Road area well into November and heard (and seen) that it gets significant hunting activity..., and that they keep it open longer into the season to accommodate this; it may operate under a different rule-set than other roads. Just what I heard....

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    It's my understanding that Bear Notch is maintained by the state, though I can't find any info on nhdot about it, nor any closings posted on the wmnf page. So it doesn't surprise me the state would close it. I should have more information on it tonight. Was mostly just a shout out to see if there were any feet on the street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by --M. View Post
    I have been into the Wild River Road area well into November and heard (and seen) that it gets significant hunting activity..., and that they keep it open longer into the season to accommodate this; it may operate under a different rule-set than other roads. Just what I heard....
    I've seen hunters in there last year. You may be (are probably) correct that its left open longer for that reason. But, last year, there was hardly any snow and most roads were passable late into the year. We were hiking in the Evan's Notch area well into December because Rt113 closed so late.
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    I checked today. All the USFS roads are open. Bear Notch is under control of NH, and they closed that already.

    We put in a suggestion to update the WMNF web page road closure status with a current date. The opening dates listed make the page look stale.
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    Several roads now listed as closed: Zealand, Bear Notch, Dugway, Mill Brook, etc.
    The list is here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/wh...538&width=full
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman View Post
    Several roads now listed as closed: Zealand, Bear Notch, Dugway, Mill Brook, etc.
    The list is here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/wh...538&width=full
    Closed rt 113 a bit early. Still no snow on the road.

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    Rt113 is still closed. Hoping it would open up this weekend. Road was clear on the Fryeburg end. Talked to a few people at Stowes Corner store and they said that the snow tends to stick on the Bethel end of the road. Shaded more, I guess.

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    There have been some years where the it hasn't been open until Memorial day. There is a stretch just south of the East Royce trailhead that just doesn't get much sun that takes sustained warm weather day and night to melt out. The main reason it takes so long to melt is that its used as snowmachine trail in the winter so the snow gets packed down into ice that takes longer time to melt. The dense softwoods on the north side of the notch also delays things.

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