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    Parking lots

    Anyone know if WMNF trailhead lots are being plowed during the shutdown? Thinking of Chocorua on Sat from the kanc, thanks for any info

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    They are not being plowed. Discovery and Hancock were both unplowed (but parked in nonetheless) this weekend.

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    I expect they will be plowed in after the two storms this week.

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    thanks, hope things change

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    I'm no expert, but I suspect with unfortunate combination of rain & snow hot cold weather events some smaller lots might become difficult or impossible to plow especially if berm freezes solid.
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    A regular snowplow will not touch frozen snow banks but a front end loader will make quick work of them. On a heavy snow year the banks can get built up to the point where a driveway or road gets too narrow. When that happens they bring in a front end loader and push the banks back. Of course I dont think the FS has a fleet of loaders on hand so I expect they will need to contract it and need to have a budget for it. I think the FS opens up the overflow lots at Pinkham in the spring with loader on high snow years this way.

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    They cleared 19 Mile Brook with a loader sometime on Friday while we were on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi View Post
    They cleared 19 Mile Brook with a loader sometime on Friday while we were on the trail.
    Wow! A front end loader on 19mb trail? I bet front end loaders are't allowed in wilderness area trails!
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    Anybody here familiar with whether or not any plowing is done at the beginning of FR 95 for the Shelbourne Trail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJoe View Post
    Anybody here familiar with whether or not any plowing is done at the beginning of FR 95 for the Shelbourne Trail?
    Unless there is logging going on I expect no as it normally does not get plowed. There is a snowmachine trail that comes out just down the road closer to the Maine line and I think NH DOT keeps that lot plowed.

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    Stupid question but I assume this is happening in every state (VT, ME, etc)? I know each state runs things a little different, allocations among agencies vary, not all trails are in federal areas so maybe state/private entities maintain, etc, etc. Been putting off some VT hikes but if they have plowed trail heads maybe now would be a time to take advantage. If anyone outside NH can shed some light on the shutdown impact it'd be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    Unless there is logging going on I expect no as it normally does not get plowed. There is a snowmachine trail that comes out just down the road closer to the Maine line and I think NH DOT keeps that lot plowed.
    Do you mean the Eastern end of that loop?
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    Yes the eastern end. It not a spot I routinely keep an eye on so I am working from memory. I will probably be driving by there Sunday AM.

    I expect you are aware that its really easy to miss the left turn off the FR where the trail shifts to the older logging road?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    Yes the eastern end. It not a spot I routinely keep an eye on so I am working from memory. I will probably be driving by there Sunday AM.

    I expect you are aware that its really easy to miss the left turn off the FR where the trail shifts to the older logging road?.

    Fully aware. Did a couple extra miles doing Howe Peak several years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    Stupid question but I assume this is happening in every state (VT, ME, etc)? I know each state runs things a little different, allocations among agencies vary, not all trails are in federal areas so maybe state/private entities maintain, etc, etc. Been putting off some VT hikes but if they have plowed trail heads maybe now would be a time to take advantage. If anyone outside NH can shed some light on the shutdown impact it'd be appreciated.
    FWIW, I've been spending time along the AT between Hanover and Glencliff. Had a town plow come by twice at Dan Doane and every AT crossing parking area had been plowed.

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