[at-l] Cascade Brook Trail, AT in the Whites

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Tue May 3 10:03:34 CDT 2011

Rivers and streams in the Adirondacks are running very high as well. I have
a photo on my blog of a side stream along the Racquette River that is
overwhelming the woods. I have to make a maintenance trip to my adopted
lean-to soon. There are no major streams to cross on the way to it but there
are places where the trail runs along Indian Pass Brook and I'm wondering if
it is passable. I may wait until next week and see if water levels go down a

Jim Bullard

On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 10:55 AM, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>wrote:

> I found this short item today that relates to trail conditions in the
> Whites. I "fondly" remember this spot from my AT hike in '97. --RockDancer
> http://www.newhampshire.com/article.aspx?headline=A+look+at+White+Mountains+
> bridges%2C+buildings+and+books&articleid=4106<http://www.newhampshire.com/article.aspx?headline=A+look+at+White+Mountains+%0Abridges%2C+buildings+and+books&articleid=4106>
> A look at White Mountain Bridges, etc. by Rob Burbank
> Streams swollen from spring runoff can pose a threat to a hiker's attempt
> to
> ford them, and they can also threaten bridges built to negate the need to
> wade to the other side. Such was the case with the Cascade Brook Bridge,
> which was reduced to rubble by rising waters in recent weeks.
> Built in 2005 by AMC, the 50-foot fiberglass composite truss bridge crossed
> the brook on the Cascade Brook Trail (also a section of the Appalachian
> Trail), about a mile and a half from the Whitehouse Trail in Franconia
> Notch.
> A safety warning on the White Mountain Guide Online site at
> www.wmgonline.org says alternate routes should be considered, as the
> crossing is difficult and dangerous in high water. When a replacement may
> be
> built is unknown.
> (The link doesn't work but there are several places to see White Mountain
> conditions. There is a terrific consolidator site that assembles the
> postings at http://trailsnh.com/. You can also see info about the
> Catskills
> and the Adirondacks.)
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