Online Auction

The auction has ended!

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winners! You helped us raise $3,244.89 for RMC trails maintenance!

This auction ended on November 20, 2016.

Click here to see the results of the 2015 auction!



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Trail: Along the Brink
Former Location:
Junction with the Ladderback Trail (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
2484'
Dimensions: 16" x 5.5"
Background Info: This extremely short trail parallels the Ladderback Trail along the precipice of White Cliff, providing views north over the Randolph Valley to the Crescent Range.  Less than 100 ft in length, Along the Bring is likely the shortest trail in the White Mountains.
Number of Bids: 20
Winning Bid: $202.50


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Trail: Boothman Spring Cutoff
Former Location:
Trailhead on Randolph Hill Road (Town of Randolph, NH)
Elevation:
1800'
Dimensions: 24.5" x 9.25"
Background Info: This trail connects Randolph Hill Road with the Cook Path and Mt. Crescent Trail.  It starts on the west side of the Mt. Crescent House site.
Number of Bids: 14
Winning Bid: $152.50


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Trail: Brookside
Former Location:
Possibly the junction with the Valley Way (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
1900'
Dimensions: 29" x 6.5"
Background Info: Brookside parallels the middle section of the Valley Way, running lower in the valley and closer to Snyder Brook.  Although rougher than the Valley Way, it is the more scenic route.  Much of the Brookside follows the route of the Madison Path, the earliest trail along Snyder Brook.  Cut in 1878 by Laban Watson as far as Salmacis Fall, the path was extended in 1882 to Bruin Rock, and in 1916 along the rough upper streambed to join Valley Way near Madison Spring Hut.  The RMC abandoned the section above Duck Fall in 1980.
Please note: This is an extremely rare trail sign that was created between 1940 and the mid-1950s.  See below for more information.
Number of Bids: 32
Winning Bid: $475.00


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Trail: Diagonal
Former Location:
Junction with the EZ Way (Mt. Crescent Range)
Elevation:
1575'
Dimensions: 11.5" x 6.25"
Background Info: This trail slabs northeast across the southern slope of Randolph Hill to connect the Bee Line with the Pasture Path.  Cut by Elliot Torrey in the late 1890s, the Diagonal originally linked the Ravine House with the Mountain View House.
Number of Bids: 12
Winning Bid: $132.50


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Trail: Howker Ridge Trail
Former Location:
Possibly the trailhead at Randolph East (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
1225'
Dimensions: 21" x 3"
Background Info: The Howker Ridge Trail goes from Randolph East up the west side of Bumpus Brook, crosses the brook at Hitchcock Fall, then climbs Howker Ridge, passing over several minor summits known as "The Howks," and intersects the Osgood Trail.  It is a scenic but difficult route to Mt. Madison.
Please note: This is an extremely rare trail sign that was created between 1940 and the mid-1950s.  See below for more information.

Number of Bids: 28
Winning Bid: $610.00


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Trail: Israel Ridge Path
Former Location:
Possibly the junction with the Perch Path (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
4300'
Dimensions: 20" x 5.25"
Background Info: This scenic, rough, and lightly used trail runs from the Castle Trail, 1.3 miles south of Bowman (trailhead), into Cascade Ravine, up over Israel Ridge to coincide first with the Randolph Path and finally, briefly, with the Gulfside, before diverging to end at Lowe's Path near the summit of Mt. Adams.  It was built as a graded path by J. Rayner Edmands starting in 1892.
Please note: This is an extremely rare trail sign that was created between 1940 and the mid-1950s.  See below for more information.

Number of Bids: 8
Winning Bid: $256.89


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Trail: Kelton Trail
Former Location:
At Kelton Crag (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
2075'
Dimensions: 14" x 4.5"
Background Info: A small crag on the northeast flank of Gordon Ridge on Mt. Madison.  Limited view of Howker Ridge.  Reached by Kelton Trail.
Number of Bids: 16
Winning Bid: $228.00


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Trail: King Ravine Trail
Former Location:
Junction with the Air Line (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
5100'
Dimensions: 20.5" x 9.5"
Background Info: The King Ravine Trail runs from Lowe's Path, up through the ravine, and ends at the Air Line at the top of the Gateway just below the Gulfside.  This rough, wild trail is the centerpiece of a long, challenging route to the summit of Mt. Adams that takes you deep into King Ravine and up the central headwall - one of the most extraordinary features of the White Mountains.  It is a classic undertaking for anyone who enjoys rugged hiking and spectacular mountain surroundings.
Number of Bids: 15
Winning Bid: $270.00


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Trail: (Old) Spur Trail
Former Location:
At Crag Camp (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
4247'
Dimensions: 14.75" x 6.75"
Background Info: This trail runs from the Randolph Path just above Pentadoi up Spur Brook and the east spur of Nowell Ridge to join Lowe's Path just below Thunderstorm Junction.  It passes Crag Camp and offers fine views of King Ravine; the upper section is above treeline and fully exposed to weather.  It was originally built by Charles C. Torrey in 1900-02.
Number of Bids: 32
Winning Bid: $202.50


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Trail: Randolph Path
Former Location:
Northern junction with Israel Ridge Path (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
4825'
Dimensions: 19.25" x 11.25"
Background Info: The Randolph Path runs from the Randolph East trailhead on Pinkham B (Dolly Copp) Road, southwest and south to the Gulfside Trail in Edmands Col.  The uppermost section is fully exposed to weather.  The Randolph Path realized J. R. Edmands' vision of a graded "Gulfside Path" that led gradually from Randolph Valley up to the col now named for him.  Begun above treeline in 1893, the path below treeline was opened between 1897-9.
Please Note: This trail sign is broken into two halves.

Number of Bids: 23
Winning Bid: $330.00


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Trail: Randolph Path
Former Location:
Junction with the Perch Path (Northern Presidentials)
Elevation:
4325'
Dimensions: 18.5" x 5"
Background Info: The Randolph Path runs from the Randolph East trailhead on Pinkham B (Dolly Copp) Road, southwest and south to the Gulfside Trail in Edmands Col.  The uppermost section is fully exposed to weather.  The Randolph Path realized J. R. Edmands' vision of a graded "Gulfside Path" that led gradually from Randolph Valley up to the col now named for him.  Begun above treeline in 1893, the path below treeline was opened between 1897-9.
Please note: This is an extremely rare trail sign that was created between 1940 and the mid-1950s.  See below for more information.

Number of Bids: 14
Winning Bid: $385.00

Additional information about our the four unique trail signs in this year's trail sign auction:

In the early days, trailmakers generally made and placed their own signs.  Nowell's "3 K 9" sign, which was probably on Lowe's Path, predates the RMC.  From sometime in the Club's early years until the mid 1950s, Miss Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jones painted all the signs.  Next came Miriam Sanders, who painted signs until around 1965.  In 1965 Barbara Wilson introduced both the now familiar routed signs and the RMC "stacked" logo that has appeared on the Club's signs since 1966.  In 1967 Paul Bradley and Will Woodruff did the job under Barbara's supervision.  From 1968-1972 Paul Bradley ran the sign operation.  In the late 1970s through the 1980s Jack Stewart did signs and placement (these can be identified by the somewhat wobbly routing).  Around 1990 Doug Mayer took over the task.  Currently, the sign operation is a function of the RMC Board and may involve a variety of folks from year-to-year.  [Al Hudson, May 2012]