The White Mountains of New Hampshire has over 1200 miles of hiking trails in an area of only 800,000 acres. Trail building in the Whites dates back over a century when it was popular to cut paths in the most direct route to the destination. Increased use coupled with steep terrain has caused extensive erosion over the years. Solutions have evolved within the past 40-50 years into intense rock work and creative ways to navigate slabs with wooden structures. Learn about these solutions and some of the newer challenges the Whites face, likely to sound familiar.
Cristin has been working on trails in the White Mountains since 1997. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Unity College in 1999. She became the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Trails Supervisor in the fall of 2001 until 2006 when she accepted her current position as a Forestry Technician-Trails Manager for the White Mountain National Forest’s Saco Ranger District in Conway, NH.