Monday, August 29, 2011

AMC Destinations in ME, NH, NJ - Updates on Conditions

8/29/11 Updates from AMC Destinations:

* Highland Lodge in Bretton Woods, NH, will re-open Tuesday; access will be limited to the Twin Mountain/Bretton Woods side (via Rte 302 from the west) for the foreseeable future due to extensive damage to Route 302 east of Highland Lodge in Crawford Notch State Park.

* Maine Wilderness Lodges (Little Lyford, Medawisla, Gorman Chairback) will re-open Tuesday. Roads are damaged but passable and crews are working today to remove fallen trees and repair eroded sections of the roads.

* Joe Dodge Lodge/White Mountain Huts:
All Huts are accessible from the main trailheads (UPDATED 8/29, 8:15 PM: Note: Zealand Road is closed and will remain so until further notice. Conditions on the Gale River Road are uncertain.) We have not yet surveyed the AT between the Huts but expect similar findings. Current expectation is that AMC will re-open the Huts, along with Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham, on Tuesday after the midnight WMNF closure timeframe concludes.

AMC crews will be working to clear blowdowns as noted below ASAP.

Current conditions on primary routes to AMC Huts:
Carter Notch Hut: 19 Mile Brook Trail - the 2 bridges are out but water is low and passable; erosion in first mile especially; 3 minor blowdowns
Madison Spring Hut: Valley Way - some deep erosion, 3 minor blowdowns
Lakes of the Clouds: Ammonoosuc - A few blowdowns; water crossings on trail but passable
Mizpah Spring Hut: Crawford Path - some blowdowns
Zealand Spring Hut: Zealand - wet at Zealand bridge but passable; road condition unknown
Galehead: Gale River Trail - new trail section muddy; access road OK
Greenleaf: Old Bridle Path - 5 blowdowns but passable; lower section below Falling Waters junction heavily eroded but passable
Lonesome Lake: Lonesome Lake Trail - Good

Hermit Lake Shelter: Tuckerman Ravine Tr. - A few blowdowns, water on the Headwall.

* Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria, NH, will re-open Tuesday. Road is damaged but passable.

* UPDATED 8/29, 5:04 PM: Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ, will remain closed until Friday, 9/2, due to downed power lines and road flooding in the area.

* Three Mile Island and Cold River Camp will re-open Tuesday for the Fall season.

* Echo Lake Camp has canceled their last week of camp and is closing for the season.

* Noble View, Ponkapoag, and Harvard Cabin report little or no damage and have re-opened.

* Fire Island Cabin remains closed.

AMC continues to gather and assess information about conditions near Pinkham Notch, backcountry conditions in the Whites, and from AMC volunteer-managed facilities. We will continue to post updates here as they come in.

Original post:
Notice: The AMC will be closing the following destinations on Saturday, August 27th through Monday, August 29th (Tuesday, August 30th for Maine destinations) due to potentially dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Irene as the storm passes through the Mid-Atlantic and New England:

Mohican Outdoor Center, Blairstown, NJ
Cardigan Lodge, Alexandria, NH
Highland Lodge, Bretton Woods, NH
Joe Dodge Lodge, Gorham, NH
All eight White Mountain Huts
All backcountry shelters in the WMNF, Mahoosucs, and Maine 100-Mile Wilderness Region
Updated 8/26/11, 1:53 p.m.: All volunteer-managed facilities in the impacted area, including: Fire Island Cabin, Cold River Camp, Echo Lake Camp, Three Mile Island, Noble View Outdoor Center
Updated 8/26/11, 3:23 p.m.: Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins, Medawisla Wilderness Lodge & Cabins, and Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins near Greenville, ME will be closed Saturday night through Tuesday morning. Any guests planning to arrive at Little Lyford, Gorman, or Medawisla on Tuesday should check with AMC reservations on the status of road conditions into the lodges. Current guests may opt to stay at the lodges to avoid having to drive home into the storm. Our staff will work to accommodate guest needs remaining at the lodges.

AMC locations will remain staffed to provide emergency shelter as required, but all visitors on Saturday will be advised to seek alternative shelter.

AMC Reservations staff are contacting all guests with reservations at these locations to notify them of the closures.


Alyson said...

curious as to what this means for thru-hikers in the area?

AMC said...

Alyson - we recommend AT hikers leave the backcountry and seek shelter at local emergency shelter locations.

cmh said...

Sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm not a hiker. My boyfriend and his son are hiking NY sections 12 & 13 and NJ sections 1-4. They started yesterday in NY and are taking a week for the whole hike. Should I be worried? If I get in touch with them, what advice should I give them?
Thanks fo much for any help!

Trail Angels Hiker Services said...

Trail Angels Hiker Services will offer rides during the hurricane for hikers unfortunate to be on the trails during the storm as long as they can make it to where I can get them by car. Call our cell 978-855-9227 for more info.

concerned MOM said...

My family was to hike from Madison to Lake of the Clouds today 8/27, due to closings will be hiking down from Madison. Will there be accommodations for them? They are from NY and highways and bridges are expected to close, making it impossible for them to travel.

Redseal said...

Any chance of the AT opening Monday from Gorham north?

Brother of the Wind said...

Are there any updates on trail conditions, specifically the AT?

Lore said...

Is the Pochuck Boardwalk and bridge in Vernon Twp., NJ opened yet? We were hiking that section this Sat. 9/3/11.

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