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Rock Cairns, Trail Stewardship

Appalachian Trail - Rock cairns near the summit of Mount Moosilauke during the summer months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This area is excellent for hiking.
Appalachian Trail – Mount Moosilauke, New Hampshire
 

Rock Cairns, Trail Stewardship – A rock cairn is a man-made pile of rocks that marks a landmark or the route of a hiking trail above tree line. They have been used for many centuries and vary in size from one foot to massive piles of rocks. The word “cairn” is Scottish and means a “heap of stones”. Cairns are found throughout the New Hampshire White Mountains, and they make great photo subjects. My favorite ones are along the Appalachian Trail on the summit of Mount Moosilauke.

For some time now there has been an increasing concern about rock stacking (random piles of rocks) on public lands. People are innocently building rock cairn look a likes along beaches, rivers, and trails, and it is drawing both positive and negative attention. Out west, rock stacking is a major problem. Here in the White Mountains, fake cairns built along the trails can cause navigation confusion for hikers, but that is for another blog article.

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Greenleaf Trail, Mount Lafayette

Rock steps along Greenleaf Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA during the summer months. A path has formed on the right hand side to avoid the stone steps.
Greenleaf Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Greenleaf Trail, Mount Lafayette – Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Greenleaf Trail is named for Colonel Charles Henry Greenleaf, once owner of the Profile House in Franconia Notch. And the Greenleaf Hut, along the Greenleaf Trail, is also named in his honor.

The Greenleaf Trail begins in Franconia Notch at the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot; it travels through an interesting forest, passes by Greenleaf Hut, and eventually ends on the summit of Mount Lafayette where a summit house once stood. And though the trail is located in a busy hiking area of the White Mountains it is lightly maintained. Hikers will actually feel like they are traversing a hiking trail.

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Trail Rock Cairns


Trail Rock Cairns Images by ScenicNH Photography LLC

Rock Cairns: A rock cairn is defined as a pile of rocks that marks the location of a hiking trail. They vary in size from one foot to massive piles of rocks. Many rock cairns in the alpine zone of the Presidential Range are impressive eye-catching pieces of art. They are found throughout the White Mountains of New Hampshire and make great photo subjects. Above is a slideshow of rock cairns found along the White Mountains trail system.

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