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    Quote Originally Posted by whitemtnvisitor View Post
    Views From the Top (VFTT) - http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/ - Forums and trail conditions for all NE hiking
    Note that VFTT is now at http://www.vftt.org - the above link has a redirect, but it's not guaranteed to work forever.

    Tim

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    Hi Andrej

    Trail information is somewhat of a hobby of mine. There is no webpage with a table that list "which trails are open and which trails are closed." I have been gathering the conditions of hiking trails in the New Hampshire for 5+ years, never seen it.

    What we do have is a map with every recent trip report and trail closure notice. That's http://TrailsNH.com

    TrailsNH.com is powered by the many many web bots I built that gather as much hiking related information as I can find. The bots go out and check for changing conditions, all day, every day. Conditions like: is the forest road open?, did the ranger close a trail?, are there any new trip reports?. In winter the bots also check: is there an avalanche warning in Tux or Huntington?, how deep is the snow at the huts & gray knob?, how deep is the snow on XC ski trails? The bots check every public source of hiking related information that I know of, and I think I know them all. The bots then determine the coarse geographic location and pin the report to the big trail conditions map on TrailsNH.com.

    In the WMNF only the Forest Service closes trails, and as others have pointed out, in the past 5+ year this was only due of severe storm damage or reconstruction. Not because of winter conditions. When the Forest Service closes a trail, my bots place a black triangle map symbol on the big trail conditions map on TrailsNH.com

    For example, see the black triangle symbol on the Lincoln Woods trail: http://trailsnh.com/find/lincoln+woods

    It sounds like what you were looking for was "does the trail have snow on it?" not "is the trail open or closed?" Trails do not close in NH because of snow and ice. There is a huge amount of people in NH that love snowshowing and winter hiking.

    There are a small number of "snow stakes" where the snow depth is measured and published. You will find them on the TrailsNH map marked with the blue triangle map symbol. In winter see http://trailsnh.com/find/zealand+falls+hut for an example.

    Snow depth is not measured on the Jewell or Ammonoosuc trails so you have to go by recent trip reports. Either on your trail, of make an educated guess from a trip report near by.

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