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Thread: NH Trails Day with Trailwrights Mt. Pemigewasset Trail July 16th.11

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    Senior Member TrailwrightBratt's Avatar
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    Thumbs up NH Trails Day with Trailwrights Mt. Pemigewasset Trail July 16th.11

    Trailwrights in its efforts to keep NH Trails Day alive gathered to spend a day in Franconia Notch State Park rehabilitating this very heavily used and popular trail.
    We have been working on this trail now in our third year,with one or two days per year.
    As many know the trail has been neglected for many years and as a result, a lot of erosion has severely damaged the trail. The State Parks have not had the resources to do very much other than keeping it open by removing blowdowns.
    Gene Bouley ( A Trailwright himself) volunteered to help out and contacted Trailwrights for help. We agreed to give it a try. The last couple years we did manage to install numerous drainages along the entire length of the trail. Many more are needed but we have made a start,and there is improvement with signs of healing.
    Last year additional work was done in the form of rock steps in an area that had gullied.
    This year was another day of repairing another section of deteriorating treadway partly caused by hikers cutting a switch back. The goal was to cut a side hill that will avoid that area that was cut. This was a section some 100 feet long with 6 rock steps.Building scree along the down hill side to fill in the cut section. Also in the turn of the switchback, large amounts of rock were moved to the side of a seasonal stream to keep it from overflowing and going down the trail ,along with improving a water bar above the whole section.
    After getting that section completed we moved up to another area that had a serious drop that had eroded a goo 2 feet below a large downed tree trunk. We removed the trunk and added 2 lg. rock steps and graded the treadway to it,rock scree and brush were added to keep hikers on the trail.
    Meanwhile, Darrell and his crew put in a series of rock steps below us.
    Above that a short ways, a rock waterbar was installed to go along with 2 earth water bars.
    Totals for the day were 13 rock steps 1 rock water bar, 3 earth water bars and 150 linear feet of side hill construction. A really gratifying and productive day.
    Thanks has to be given to Glenn S, Bruce R, Ray J, Gene B, Dave D, Darrell H, Hal and Peg, Motobobo,and Al S. for such hard work and lots of Laughs. 10 Volunteers x 7.5 hrs. = 75 hrs Total.
    Stay tuned we plan to go back at a later date and have more fun and you are invited to join in.For visual enjoyment go to
    Last edited by TrailwrightBratt; 07-17-2011 at 09:31 PM.

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    Senior Member ksearl's Avatar
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    The pictures are great. I've never seen trail steps go in before so it was nice to see the order of putting these in. Thanks for the dedication on the trail...we all owe you!
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    Senior Member RoySwkr's Avatar
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    I spent the day with SRKG going to Royal Arch, we did a little pruning but mostly updated blazes.

    They have been replacing paint blazes on the more remote sections with nail-on blazes, originally these were white trapezoids but these often weren't very visible on the birch and beech that predominate in this section - on the way up we nailed a blaze to a tree where none were visible and on the way down in different lighting discovered there was already a blaze on the tree next to it!

    Anyway the new blazes are rectangular plastic, there is a white trapezoid in the middle but the edges are green so hopefully they will be more visible - I'll scan one if I get a chance

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    Senior Member RoySwkr's Avatar
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    blaze scans

    The old all-white blazes don't show up that well on beech or birch

    so the new ones have a wider green border

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