Summer 2005 marked the final of a a three year project for the RMC, reconstructing a number of miles of trails on the Randolph Community Forest in the Crescent Range, including the Mount Crescent Trail, Castleview Loop and Crescent Ridge Trail.
For more information on the project, funded by a grant from the State of New Hampshire's Recreation Trails Program, you can read an excerpt from RMC's grant application.
The photos below represent a typical cross section of the work involved in this project, including:
- Rock drainage structures, to get water off the trail and minimize erosion.
- Rock staircases, to stabilize steep slopes and reduce erosion from hikers. Rock is quarried from the nearby woods, and moved to the site using a grip hoist. Associated, set "scree" stones guide hikers onto the steps and help stabilize the rock steps.
- Outsloping "sidehill," to more precisely define the treadway for hikers and let water drain across the trail.
- Trail relocations, where the current location is too steep or eroded to adequately protect it from further wear.
- Puncheon, or bog bridges, to keep hiker traffic on the trail and off wet or fragile areas.