On September 24th the AMC hosted the annual National Public Lands Day in Crawford Notch on the Saco Lake Trail. The few volunteers that joined us for the day helped in resetting bog bridges damaged by the flooding from tropical storm Irene. We were only able to do a fraction of the much needed work on Saco Lake Trail, but we were able to replace and repair many of the bog bridges.
During the storm the water level of Saco Lake rose so much it simply lifted the bog bridges, and many of the larger bridges as well, and away they drifted and piled all around the lake. Looking at the trail now, many things have changed. The south end of the lake was most impacted; both the inlet and outlet are located on the south end of the lake. Significant work will need to be done in the future to repair this section of trail. The Saco Lake Trail still remains closed to all hikers. However we hope to be able to make it passable by this fall and open it for the winter and spring months until repairs can be made in summer of 2012
Keep an eye on www.outdoors.org/volunteer for day and weekend work parties in the White Mountains to help with storm damage that will be scheduled for spring/summer 2012.