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Trail Snippets

October 27, 2009

From new bridges to improved paths, there’s always a lot going on in the world of Upper Valley trails. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated organizations and individuals for improving local trails over the past few months. Here are a few efforts that took place this summer and fall:

Lebanon, NH

  • In collaboration with Dartmouth College, City of Lebanon, and UVTA, Grant Patenaude’s (BSA Troop 34) Eagle Scout project built a new Lakeside Trail bridge over a 6’ deep ravine in the Boston Lot area.


    Trail Snippets

    Tuck students volunteered with UVTA to help UVMBA with trail rerouting and reshaped part of Lakeside Trail

  • The Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association (UVMBA) made refinements to a singletrack section of the Lakeside Trail at the Boston Lot and established a new connector linking to Mascoma Street extension. Thanks to UVMBA’s Kevin O’Leary for leading this effort and for making this UVMBA’s primary summer project.

Hanover, NH

  • UVTA collaborated with the Hanover Trails Committee, Moose Mountain, Lodge, and Jim Baum to identify future trail connections between Pasture Rd., Moose Mountain Ridge Trail and trails located on the Baum Conservation Area.
  • UVTA met with adjacent landowners, organizations and town representatives to determine potential trail connections from the Gile Hill Housing Project to Hanover, DHMC and beyond.
  • UVTA led volunteers from Hypertherm to improve the Rinker Tract Trail system with a new side slope trail.

Norwich, VT

  • UVTA completed bridge ramps and drainage improvements on the King Arthur Trail with assistance from King Arthur Flour’s volunteer “Cares” team, and Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth “Inter Faith Days of Community Service” volunteers.
  • The Norwich Trails Committee and UVMBA continued to harden portions of the Gile Mtn. Trail.

Hartford, VT

  • The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Hartford’s Park and Recreation Department worked to establish a new trail near Wilder Dam, connecting Kilowatt Field (South) with Kilowatt North.
  • The Friends of the Ottauquechee Trail established a new trail section connecting the Quechee Inn to the Quechee Polo Field.

What trail improvements have you been working on this year? Share your group’s efforts on our Roots, Rocks and Mud Blog today.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. uvtrails permalink*
    December 22, 2009 10:50 pm

    The Plainfield Trailblazers are currently working with GIS mapper Emily Bryant to complete a new map of Plainfield, NH trails. Many new trail additions have been developed since the last town trail map was made by the group in 2003. Thanks to the Plainfield Conservation Commission for funding Emily’s mapping efforts. The map will be available at the Town Hall, and Meriden and Plainfield libraries for a small fee in the coming year.

  2. uvtrails permalink*
    December 31, 2009 1:53 pm


    The Mascoma River Greenway Coalition, along with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the City of Lebanon are pleased to announce the completion of a short connector trail from Mascoma Street to the Northern Rail Trail. The trail leads from the sidewalk on Mascoma Street, near the Slayton Hill underpass and leads 60’ to connect with the Northern Rail Trail. From the Rail Trail, people can then walk, bike or ski safely to the High Street intersection on a separated pathway without having to battle with traffic.

    Read the complete press release by clicking below:

  3. uvtrails permalink*
    January 27, 2010 5:47 pm

    The Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew had another busy year on trails. Logging over 800 hours of volunteer trail work.
    You can help out with future trail work on Mt. Cardigan in Canaan, NH or the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway (Newbury, NH section) by contacting Craig Sanborn at or (603) 632-5640.

    Take a look at the groups 2009 report here:

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