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    Mt Clinton Rd open (sort of)

    Yesterday we drove to the Crawford Path parking lot planning to do Pierce and Eisenhower out and back by the Crawford Path. The objective was Eisenhower, so when we saw the gate of the Mt Clinton Road open we decided to drive to the Edmands Path lot.

    The road has been partially cleared. Many blowdowns have been sawed in half, with half left on the road and a passageway wide enough for a car cleared. Leanovers have been cleared of branches so that cars can pass beneath them.

    On the other hand, Edmands Path is very difficult above 4,000 feet. I would emphatically NOT advise anyone to use it in its current state. We ended up returning via Crawford Path, as we had left two cars at the Crawford lot.

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    Yup, Sawyer River Road is open and dry.

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJ View Post
    Forest Service website lists Sawyer River Road as now open. Can anyone confirm from the past weekend? This will be the start of all the major openings ... woo-hoo!
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    Jefferson notch road, base rd jct to the notch: It's still reported closed, but has anyone hiked along this section since Saturday? Snow cover?

    Thanks

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    Jefferson Notch Road was gated on Sunday PM.

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    Although it's reported as still being CLOSED (as of 07-May), today I was on the Little Lary Road (FR8) in Evans Notch. The gate is open.
    I even spoke with a Law Enforcement Officer for the Forest Service at the far end of this road who was doing a routine patrol.

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    Long Pond and Bear Notch

    Does anyone have an update on either Long Pond and Bear Notch? Planning a bike ride this weekend and would like to include both.

    I see from the state website that they're listed as closed. Just wondering if maybe they could be passable by bicycle. Thanks in advance

    Walter

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    parking

    Is it OK to park along base road near the jefferson notch road gate? I remember seeing "no parking" signs higher up on base road near the cog, but can't remember around the jefferson notch road gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bristlecone View Post
    Is it OK to park along base road near the jefferson notch road gate? I remember seeing "no parking" signs higher up on base road near the cog, but can't remember around the jefferson notch road gate.
    I have seen them at the rd jct and lower down on Base Rd, and would not park there and risk $75 fine without talking to Forest Service

    You could consider parking a short way up Mt Clinton Rd, if I recall correctly that is signed as a fee area although there is no fee tube there

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    Bristlecone,

    If you want to head up to Ridge of the Caps trailhead when the Jefferson Notch Rd. is closed, park at the WMNF parking lot across from the Cog base station and take the Boundary Line Trail to Jefferson Notch Rd. Only 1.3 miles, and less distance and vertical to the trailhead than if you were to walk from the Jefferson Notch Rd. gate on the Base Station Rd.

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    Gale River road is now open.
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    A bunch opened up on the website yesterday. Gale, Sawyer, Wild, and Zealand. But not Jefferson Notch, sorry. Note that's listed as NHDOT responsibility, not USFS.
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    The Haystack Road gate was open yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maynewoods View Post
    Does anyone have an update on either Long Pond and Bear Notch? Planning a bike ride this weekend and would like to include both.

    I see from the state website that they're listed as closed. Just wondering if maybe they could be passable by bicycle. Thanks in advance

    Walter
    Bear Notch Road was still closed as of this Saturday.
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    Cherry Mtn Rd was open today and I heard from the guy at Berts Deli on 302 that Bear Notch Rd is scheduled to open this Friday. BTW, nice lunch menu at Bert's. (or is it Bart's?)




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    I just called Saco rangers and they said Bear Notch is open as of 3:30 yesterday. (That's a precise answer!)
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