Join Us at Trail Clearing: Saturday May 11th!


CMC Annual Trail Clearing – Come One, Come All!

Now that it is April and it’s finally stopped snowing….we are welcoming in spring and the beginning (for many of us) of the hiking season. It is time to get out onto the CMC trails, which we ‘adopt’ for the White Mountain National Forest.  We will be preparing the trails for the increased summer traffic in ways which encourage maintenance of the forest’s natural beauty and health. (Controlling erosion is good for the hiker as well as the land.) This means clearing away blow downs, cleaning out waterbars, and clipping.

Trail Clearing is always the second Saturday in May, and this year it is May 11th. We will meet in Wheeler’s field by 8:30 to greet each other and assign trails. We accommodate a range of ages and levels of experience since there is work to be done around the lake and on Conservation Land as well as on Paugus and Chocorua. There will be a social time and dinner followed by the annual meeting at the Balch Big House beginning around 5:00.

The CMC will be in need of officers next year as Ken and Howard, after serving for 3 and 33 years respectively, are both stepping down. We thank them for their dedication as President and Treasurer! If you or anyone you know would like to know more about this opportunity, please let Ken Smith, Howard Mathews or Kate Lanou know.

For trail work, dress for the projected weather, including bugs, rain and cold; and bring water, snacks, lunch, clippers/loppers or trail tool of choice. Stay for whatever amount of time you can, but it is helpful to come in the morning rather than finding a group later on.

For dinner, there are usually green beans, potatoes, bread and ham; people often bring a side dish, salad or dessert. It’s byob pretty much, too.

It’s a great way to reconnect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, see how the mountain fared over the winter and have fun doing something good. Feel free to invite any willing workers, and hope to see you on May 11th!!

Ken Smith (
Howard Mathews (
Kate Lanou  (