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Mohamed Ellozy
04-25-2004, 06:12 PM
Cantdog has just announced, both here and in Hiker's Journal, that the Bear Notch Road is open, and I have received an email telling me that Tripoli Road is still closed. I have updated my Forest Service Road Closures (http://home.earthlink.net/~ellozy/closures.html) page to indicate the new information.

Time once again to solicit your input! Please let me know the status of any Forest Service road that you see, either by posting (here or on VFTT) or by emailing me (m_ellozy@post.harvard.edu). Together we can make our hiking community aware of the status of these roads!

Jim lombard
04-26-2004, 02:55 PM
I know its not a National Forest road but Base road to the Ammonusuc ravine trail should be open now. Cog's operating schedule begins on Saturday, May 1st.

04-26-2004, 03:34 PM
The gate was open this morning, Monday, even though the road closed sign was still attached. Open at the southern end, at least. The Basin also appeared to be open, though I didn't drive all the way down to check.

Mohamed Ellozy
04-30-2004, 08:30 AM
I will be in Boston for a couple more weeks, so please send me updates of road status.

05-01-2004, 07:57 PM
Talked to the Ranger in Twin Mountain on Friday regarding the service road status. He told me that they may be opened next week.

Asked about parking in front of the gate area and was told that so long as you do not block the gate, as long as you have a sticker no problem parking there. This includes the ones along Rte 3.

05-02-2004, 05:57 AM
The Zealand Rd. was still closed as of Saturday, May 1st.

05-02-2004, 03:52 PM
as of today (may 2nd) i couldn't find anything open, zealand is still closed, tripoli is still closed and the ones on rte. 3 are still closed (even though tripoli states that it is open from may till...)

05-02-2004, 06:18 PM
We drove past Sawyer Pond Road on the way home from our hike today and the gate was open.

Mohamed Ellozy
05-02-2004, 07:26 PM
I have updates on all the "major" roads except Ravine Road and Base Road. Does anyone have any hard information on either?

05-02-2004, 08:33 PM
Just a note, I hiked a little over a mile today on Tripoli Rd (between the Osceola TH and Tecumseh TH), and though I saw no vehicles, I was convinced it was open. Lots of fresh tire tracks (Forest Service?), and the gate near the Osceola TH was open, which I would think would be for access from Livermore Road....

05-02-2004, 08:52 PM

Tripoli was gated at the Livermore end on the morning of May 1, but of course it may have changed over the weekend.

05-04-2004, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by Mohamed Ellozy
I have updates on all the "major" roads except Ravine Road and Base Road. Does anyone have any hard information on either?
On the morning of Apr.30, the Cog Railway billboard at the junction of 302 and Base Station Road said "closed", in the evening it said "open" which fits with somebody's remark that it was to open May 1. I'll bet the road is open too :-)

05-05-2004, 05:23 PM
Saw a posting over on the AMC BB that Gale River, Zealand, and Sawyer Roads are open.

Mohamed Ellozy
05-05-2004, 07:10 PM
Updated my page, also noted that Ravine Road (http://www.vftt.org/trail/nh/1275.html) is open.

05-05-2004, 09:52 PM
Last year it took Haystack Road quite a number of extra weeks to be open, due to extreme softness.

In fact, and Cantdog can correct me, wasn't it still closed on June 7th when we did the Twins?

05-07-2004, 10:26 PM
According to my source with the USFS, the North-South road from Glencliff officially opened today.

Sandwich Notch Road is open, but for thru-trips it's best for pickup trucks with good clearance due to the washouts. A sedan could make it from the south to the Beebe, but from the Beebe north it's still rutted.

Last, but certainly not least, Tripoli Road is scheduled to open next Friday.

That's the big news from this neck of the woods.

P.S. I am emailing this info to Mohamed.

05-14-2004, 10:25 AM
I just talked to the rangers - Tripoli road was checked a couple of hours ago and is still too mudy to open. They are targeting next Wed to open it. It is open on the I93 end (exit 31) as far as Russel Pond.

Mohamed Ellozy
05-14-2004, 02:35 PM
I have both Haystack Road and Jefferson Notch Road marked as closed, but have had no recent updates. Anyone have any recent info?


Mohamed Ellozy
05-15-2004, 04:46 PM
Haystack Road still closed as of this morning (Sat).

Jim W
05-17-2004, 06:54 AM
Haystack Road still closed on Sunday night (5/16).

Mohamed Ellozy
05-17-2004, 08:22 AM

Does anyone know the status of Jefferson Notch Road? If nobody has any info I will drive there on Thursday and post what I find.

Mohamed Ellozy
05-20-2004, 05:12 PM
Drove over to Edmands Path today, did a bit of scouting of roads:
Tripoli Road -- Open
Haystack Road -- Closed
Jefferson Notch Road -- Sign says: "Closed to unauthorized vehicles". My vehicle is unauthorized, so I did not explore.
In addition to scouting roads I finally bagged Franklin, windy!

05-20-2004, 07:58 PM
Thanks, Mohamed!

Mohamed Ellozy
05-21-2004, 04:41 PM
Did Garfield today, so drove over to check Haystack Road just in case. No luck, still closed :(

bill bowden
05-26-2004, 11:54 AM
Is Tripoli road Open?

Any knowledge of Nash Stream Road an dLittle Bog Pond road?


Mohamed Ellozy
05-26-2004, 11:58 AM
A post today on the AMC boards states that Jefferson Notch Road is open; that leaves Haystack Road as the only "major" road that appears closed (it was closed on Friday; I have not heard anything new over the weekend).


Tripoli Road is open, I never get status reports on Nash Stream Road.

bill bowden
05-26-2004, 12:15 PM

Many thanks. I'm trying the Longs this weekend. any interest?

Mohamed Ellozy
05-28-2004, 06:25 AM
Haystack Road is now open.

poison ivy
05-28-2004, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Mohamed Ellozy
Haystack Road is now open.

Thanks Mohamed! You've made my day with that news. I may just go turn cartwheels on my lawn. North Twin here I come! :)

-- Ivy

05-28-2004, 10:30 AM
I'm off to N Twin also. Tried for it last weekend but the road was still closed. Thats alright , we hiked the Franconia ridge.

bill bowden
05-31-2004, 07:50 AM
Nash Stream Road and the ittle Bog Pond road were open as of 5/2804.