Willey Boulders – Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
August History, White Mountains – When it comes to White Mountains history, some interesting events happened during August. Landslides in 1885 changed the landscape of Mount Tripyramid, fire destroyed Woodstock Lumber Company’s huge mill complex in 1913, and a grand resort (Profile House) burned down in 1923. But this is just the beginning. Included here are a few more interesting events.
On August 28, 1826, the "Willey Boulders" in Crawford Notch saved the Willey House from destruction when a massive landslide came down Mount Willey. These boulders located just above the house caused the landslide to split into two debris flows around the house. The house was said to be untouched, but all seven members of the family and two hired men perished in the slide while trying to escape to a safe area.
September 2011, Mt Tecumseh Trail – Trail Construction
Trail Construction and Maintenance, White Mountains – In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused massive destruction along the East coast of the United States. The White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. Many trails in the White Mountains were damaged, and required extensive trail work. And this series of photos shows the trail work done to one trail that suffered storm damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
A section of the Mt Tecumseh Trail washed out and had to be rerouted. The above photo shows the junction of the trail reroute (left), and the section of trail that washed out (right) shortly after a Maine Forest Service crew cut the reroute in 2011. Forest Service chose the reroute location and marked it, and a Maine Forest Service crew, helping reopen trails damaged from Irene, did the cutting. The closed section of trail was also brushed in. This information is direct from Forest Service. Note the tree in the reroute (left) with the orange flagging on it.
Mount Washington Cog Railway – General Area of the Skyline Switch
A Wilderness Bridge vs. an Alpine Zone Hotel – Talk throughout the White Mountains and New England has been about a proposal made by the Cog Railway to “possibly” build a hotel and restaurant on the side of Mount Washington. The proposal itself has created disbelief among many. And I have to admit that I am still shocked that a group would even consider damaging the fragile alpine environment to expand a business venture.
But the reality is this scenario has been playing out throughout the White Mountains in different ways. There are many examples, but the best one is the proposed removal of the footbridge along the Thoreau Falls Trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The Thoreau Falls Trail bridge has become a safety concern, and Forest Service has proposed to remove it. Much like the proposed hotel it has become a heated issue.
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.
Hurricane Sandy – Looking down the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River
Hurricane Sandy vs Tropical Storm Irene – I was able to photograph the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire from the same location during Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene. Water levels during Hurricane Sandy did not compare to the raging rapids encountered during Tropical Storm Irene.
I will never forget seeing waves in the East Branch of the Pemi during Irene. Here are a few images from the same location during each storm. They will give you an idea on the water height during each storm.
Landslide Path, Hancock Mountain Range – August, 2011
Hancock Mountains Landslide, 2011 – The above landslide, seen from along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, in August 2011, is on the side of the Hancock Mountain Range in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, New Hampshire. This was an old landslide that was in the process of being natural regenerated. And sometime during Tropical Storm Irene, heavy rains caused it to slide again. The new landslide path looks to follow the track of the old one.
From 6:00 PM Saturday, August 27, 2011, through midnight Monday, August 29, 2011, the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. This storm caused massive damage along the East Coast, and the White Mountains region of New Hampshire was heavily impacted.
Tropical Storm Irene Damage – East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, Lincoln
Tropical Storm Irene, White Mountains – From 6PM Saturday, August 27, 2011 through midnight Monday, August 29, 2011 the White Mountain National Forest was closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. This tropical storm caused massive damage along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm. The above photo of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, near the Lincoln Woods Trail, shows how the river looked just days after the storm.
With the large amount of damage Tropical Storm Irene has caused throughout the state of New Hampshire, I thought it would be interesting to show some before and after scenes of a few locations in the White Mountains that have been impacted. Many of the brooks and rivers have been drastically altered.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River during the storm
August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene – From 6PM Saturday, August 27, 2011 through midnight Monday, August 29, 2011 the White Mountain National Forest was closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. This tropical storm caused massive damage along the East Coast of the United States and the White Mountain National Forest was officially closed during the storm.
Tropical Storm Irene has caused massive destruction throughout New England. Many bridges, buildings and roads have been washed away, and officials are saying roads will be closed for weeks. Many of the rivers in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire have been badly eroded and are clogged with trees.