Lincoln Woods Trail Temporary Closure

Lincoln Woods Trail Temporary Closure
Lincoln Woods Trail, New Hampshire – Tropical Storm Irene Damaged
 

July 2013, Lincoln Woods Trail Temporary Closure – The Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire will be temporary closed in mid-August 2013 for six to eight weeks while Forest Service repairs damage from Tropical Storm Irene. You can read the White Mountains National Forest announcement here.

The Lincoln Woods Trail is a popular year round trail that was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Shutting it down for any length of time will cause issues, but the work has to be done. There is no good time of year to shut down the Lincoln Woods Trail. It is heavily used year around by many groups.

Trail washout along the Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
Lincoln Woods Trail, New Hampshire – Tropical Storm Irene Damaged
 

There is no quick fix solution. Tropical Storm Irene has caused a lot of damage along Lincoln Woods Trail. It is going to take many man hours to restore sections of trail. When repairs are finished, Lincoln Woods Trail will be better than ever.

Trail washout along the Lincoln Woods Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This tropical storm / hurricane caused destruction along the East coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire was officially closed during the storm.
Lincoln Woods Trail, New Hampshire – Tropical Storm Irene Damaged
 

No doubt Forest Service haters are going to have a field day with the closing of Lincoln Woods Trail. The best advice is to ignore the useless political propaganda they will peddle. It has no influence on this project. 

If you are concerned about the Lincoln Woods Trail temporary closure, I encourage you to contact Forest Service with suggestions on how to keep the trail open during the repairs. In your letter, I recommend not ranting about the 2009 suspension bridge removal. Focus your energy on the Lincoln Woods Trail project.

When the Lincoln Woods Trail does close for repairs, I will use the Pemi East Side Trail and cross the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River at known crossing points. Being a local has its benefits.

UPDATE: Forest Service is attempting to open the Lincoln Woods Trail on and off for usage during the project. For updates on the trail closure, see the White Mountain National Forest Alerts & Notices page.  

As of April 2014 – The Lincoln Woods Trail is open for use.

Happy image making… 

 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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