New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation reminds individuals hiking Mount Washington this winter that there is no open shelter or windbreak at the summit. The summit building, operated by Mount Washington State Park, is closed from November to April. Hikers who plan to visit must hike up and down. When planning your hike remember to hikeSafe and always include the 10 essentials.
The White Mountain National Forest advises visitors to avoid all travel, including backcountry visits, in anticipation of the winter storm that is to include high wind, extreme cold, and low visibility.
It is in everyone's best interest to refrain from any travel; this will allow emergency vehicles and State and local departments of transportation to clear roads in an unobstructed and safe manner.
The White Mountain National Forest is pleased to announce that damage has been repaired and several trails in Waterville Valley have reopened. Thanks to a successful partnership with the National Forest Foundation and the Treasured Landscapes Campaign and the generosity of its donors, notably the Waterville Valley Foundation, and a partnership with the Waterville Valley Athletic Improvement Association (WVAIA), a significant amount of trail restoration work has been accomplished involving new trail construction and re-routing trails out of flood prone areas.
Hikers should plan ahead and become familiar with the new trail layout since some trails have been relocated and renamed.
WARNING: An Emergency Forest Supervisor Closure Order prohibits the transport or movement of any species and type of firewood originating outside of New Hampshire or Maine onto the White Mountain National Forest. Individuals discovered with such firewood will be in violation of the order and subject to written and/or oral warnings, tickets, and fines. The order is in response to the threat posed to forest resources by the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
As per Forest Closure Order 2011-06, the areas listed on Exhibit A are closed to motorized use until further notice. This closure is a result of damage sustained during a tropical storm in August 2011.
Ore Hill Mine site remains closed to unauthorized persons by Forest Supervisor Order. Hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and other trails in this area of the western WMNF are not affected, but should be aware of this closure.
We try to keep this list as accurate as possible. However, a gate may be opened or closed temporarily based on weather conditions and resource requirements. Also, some road access is controlled by Maine or New Hampshire DOT (see notes).
Many Forest Roads are re-opened in winter for snowmobiling when there is enough snow cover. Those roads have their gates locked once the snow melts and until the roads dry sufficiently that resource damage will not occur. During the spring, consider all roads closed unless specifically noted as open. If you need more details about a particular road, please contact the appropriate Ranger District. Click on the district name for contact information.