What We've Been Up To!

Cardigan Mtn. Limited Access July 17- Aug. 31

By Wes Tucker | Jul 14, 2023

The N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources has released the following press statement concerning work on the Cardigan summit fire tower. Cardigan Mtn. trail and summit access to be limited periodically by fire tower replacement project July 17- Aug. 31 The N.H. Division of Forests and Lands is cautioning hikers who wish to visit…

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Summer Calendar 2023

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 30, 2023

Well there, trail crew, Almanac for this June says 5.36″ of rain. Our habit of raking drains in November, and cleaning them again in Spring, means that all this rain eroded our trails very little, if at all. The team on upper Andrew Brook Trail on Sunday June 18 dug three more, for 100 on…

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6/18/23: A Visit to Sunapee

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 19, 2023

On Sunday June 18th five Cardigan Highlanders met at Sunapee Ski area for a ride up the chair lift to work on the Solitude Trail and the upper portion of the Andrew Brook Trail. We split the group into two work parties; one to work on the Solitude Trail and the other on the upper…

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6/8 Mt Kearsarge: Chainsaw Crew for Winslow Trail

By cardiganhighlanders | Jun 9, 2023

Hello Trail Crew, As things sugared off, three of us worked for two hours, and chainsawed three spruce blowdowns off Winslow Trail. Those are all of which we know. We passed out our card to the few people hiking on a showery weekday, had very few black flies but lotsa mosquitos, and listed jobs for…

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Well Done, Wes!

By cardiganhighlanders | May 7, 2023

by Craig Sanborn Wes Tucker is our graphic artist, cartographer, and web minion (he runs the website and calls on the webwright to repair it). About a year ago he presented the crew with a new map of Mt. Sunapee, with trails overlaid on a topo map, conserved land boundaries, ski trails and lifts, etc.…

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Spring Patrols and Season Prospects

By cardiganhighlanders | May 2, 2023

Gentle readers, it is time for a wee update on the crew and the trails (here insert usual warning not to cause more erosion, so please do not hike on muddy trails, thank you). The crew held their annual meeting on March 25. Possibly the most consequential decision was to further encourage volunteers who have…

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Anatomy of a Spring Patrol

By Wes Tucker | Apr 10, 2023

By Wes Tucker Anybody who has spent time in New Hampshire knows that there are more seasons than just the basic four. The spring thaw is followed by mud season. Then fast on it’s heels comes black fly season. But wedged in between them is a brief window of time that Cardigan Highlanders call spring…

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Mud Season & Trails

By cardiganhighlanders | Mar 21, 2023

By Bob Humphrey Mud Season has once again come early to Cardigan Highlander territory. Mud season could arguably be the time of year when our trails sustain the most damage. Early warm days start the thawing process and beckon hikers anxious to hit the trails after a long winter hiatus. Unfortunately, this is the worst…

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photo credit Bob H.

2022:  38th Worklog Summary for Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew

By cardiganhighlanders | Dec 15, 2022

Seventeen volunteers turned out: 10 had and 6 earned their tartans. The 812 hrs on trails is 158% of the average of the last 5 years pre-covid: 476 hrs. That 812 hrs includes 3 days from 2 YMCA teen crews on service trips: 300 hrs. Our admin hrs = 158, outreach hrs = 59, so…

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