I happened to snag a copy of a 1936 AMC Guidebook(always wanted one prior the 1938 hurricane)and found some neat tips it included.
Since winter is soon upon us (hopefully in all its fury!)the guidebook provided the following recommended snow depths before skiing any of these hiking trails:
Carter Dome Trail-8 in., for intermediates & experts
19 Mile Trail-6 in., all classes of skiiers
Mt. Willard Trail-8 in. , for intermediates, 800ft. vertical
Cascade Brook Trail-(notes trail is 6-10ft. wide)10 in.,intermediates
Mt. Kinsman Trail-from Bald Knob to highway-10in, lower 5/8mi., for novices
Mt Hale Trail-(notes trail is 6-10ft.wide)10-12in., for intermediates, 2000ft. vertical
Downes Brook Trail-from Swift River-Sleeper Trail, 12 in.
MT W Carraige Road-4 in. It notes though the Halfway House is closed, you may build a fire there but expect no provisions
This was interesting, on p.499 under "Suggestions for Walking Trips" in order to traverse from Zealand Notch to Zealand Falls Hut, you may leave your car or camp at the Willey House Station, but you will(get this)park at your own risk. Apparently break-ins were happening then too!
It also recommended a 5 day hike in the Mahoosuc Range but noted the following "by evening train to Portland,morning train(C.N.R.R.)to Bethel, where supplies may be purchased., take mail stage or hire car to Grafton Notch(20m)and ascend to Speck Pond Shelter in afternoon. Starting early on the "fourth day", catch afternoon train(C.N.R.R.) from Shelburne to Portland, returning to Boston next morning. This shortens the trip by 1.5 working days."
How easy we have it now!
Also included for next spring and summer p.530 provides the recipe for "Pinkham Notch Fly Dope" as follows:
3 oz. pine tar
1 oz. olive oil
1 oz. oil of pennyroyal
1 oz. creosote
1 oz. powdered camphor
1 large tube carbolated vaseline
It notes " not recommended for delicate complexions or sensitive nostrils."
Pretty neat stuff and just thought I would pass it along, maybe others would find it interesting!