DOC NH Appalachian Trail STATUS UPDATE

*Appalachian Trail Status Update (Velvet Rocks to Moosilauke)*

-The number one hazard to hikers on this section is the privy at Hexacuba.
The steps are broken and very hazardous when wet. At least two people
slipped and fell on sharp rocks while I was there. It should be a quick fix.

-Oliverian Brook immediately afterward northbound hikers cross Rt. 25C has
suffered serious erosion. To cross the stream, hikers must now descend a
vertical bank, wade across to an island, and then wade to the other side. The water is high and somewhat swift. Alternately, many thru-hikers have been using a footbridge on private land just east of the AT. (There is a map/sign in Jeffers Brook shelter showing how to do this. It's unclear whether or not the bridge owner has given permission for this.)

-The Jeffers Brook shelter needs a new register notebook, as the old one is
completely filled up with entries. Not sure if this is the DOC's
responsibility, but thought I'd mention it.

-There are two major downed trees near Velvet Rocks shelter. Both are on
the spur trail that goes over the ridge from the shelter to Ledyard
Spring.

-Large sections of the trail ascending and descending both Smarts and Cube
are very wet. Constructing more water bars or plank bridges would be
helpful, but mostly I think these trail sections just need an opportunity to drain after many consecutive days of heavy rain.

-On the Gorge Brook Trail on Moosilauke, there is a roughly 50 foot section
where the trail has been completely washed away. Hikers are forced to climb
down a steep embankment, wade across to the other shore of the brook, then wade back across and climb up where the trail resumes. I expect this will be a somewhat major project involving re-routing the trail around the wash-out.

(9/8/2011 - report by Matt Nichols)
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Best Regards, Nichole * * *Nichole Hastings* * * Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator Dartmouth Outing Club Robinson Hall, Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 03755 Email: doc.at.corridormonitors@gmail.com Boundary Program Schedule: http://trunc.it/ghinx ---------------------------------------------------------- P.O. Box 1143 Norwich, VT 05055-1143 (802)332-6615 (941)268-0257 E-mail: nichole.l.hastings@gmail.com 'The Truth Will Set You Free' Blog: http://nicholehastings.wordpress.com Twitter ID: @nicholehastings @DartmouthOuting @HFoAT LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholehastings ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- * *

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