Randolph Community Forest | crescent ridge glade

Project Type: Glade
Status: Completed
Level: Municipal
Location: Randolph, NH
Ability Level: Advanced, Intermediate
Aspect: Southeast | East
Vertical Drop: 600 feet
Glade Designer: Sustainable Trailworks, LLC
Glade Chief:  Jeremiah Hawkins
GBA Team: Jeremiah Hawkins, David Salisbury, Tyler Ray, Hardy Avery
GBA Hours Invested: 750 to date

Glade Zone:  The Crescent Ridge Glade in the 10,000 acre Randolph Community Forest is approximately 75 total acres situated in a southeasterly to easterly aspect.  The glade is designed to appeal to all abilities and provides stunning views of the northern Presidential Range of the White Mountains. There are five glade lines in the upper pitch of the zone, all of which vary in design but generally contain a slope angle in the range of 30-35 degrees for approximately 300 vertical feet.   Each glade line deposits the skier into a large open hardwood glade. This middle section is approximately 20-25 degrees and extends an additional 300 vertical feet.  The lower section contains a tree-less wildlife area at 10-15 degrees and it is here one becomes distracted by the delightful views of the northern Presidentials.  The skier can either ski through the wildlife area back over the nordic trails to the point of beginning or have the option to continue down a blue-blaze marked ski route to the Community Forest Road (formerly Jimtown Logging Road) and return to the parking lot.  (See documents linked below for additional information). 

Description of Crescent Ridge Glade.  From atop Crescent Ridge, GBA has cut five “skiable lines” (which can be understood as ski corridors) that guide the skier through the trees exiting into the “fan”, which is the wide naturally gladed middle section of the Crescent Ridge Trail.  Ski corridors are not trails in the traditional sense but rather low density vertical lines that are approximately 35-50 feet in width. The walls of the corridors follow the braided design method which places emphasis on patches (or islands) of vegetation within the glade to promote future regeneration to increase the stands’ resiliency and protection from wind throw.  As mentioned above, the upper pitch of each line is 

Parking: The parking lot is at the end of Randolph Hill Road and is sufficient to hold a maximum of 12 cars. Anything cars in excess of the allotted amount are subject to Town of Randolph winter parking rules. The lot currently is and will continue to be plowed all winter.

Access.  Access to the glade is by climbing the skin track developed by GBA and cut summer 2017.  GBA intends to provide signage and mapping for winter 2017.  Alternative access is by climbing the Carlton Notch Trail to Crescent Ridge Trail to the ridgeline.

Status.  Complete.  In the summer of 2017, GBA and 75 Quarry Dogs cut the Crescent Ridge Glade as approved by the Randolph Forestry Commission.  GBA is the RCF's exclusive "Activity Manager" for backcountry skiing in the community forest.  If successful, GBA would consider proposing additional terrain in the RCF for future expansion purposes, as explained below. 

Future Glade Expansion. The Randolph Forestry Commission may be amenable to future expansion projects in the Randolph Community Forest provided that the initial pilot project (Crescent Ridge Glade) is successful in that it meets the satisfaction of the Forestry Commission.  Satisfaction is generally guided by the implementation and guidance of the project by GBA, the conduct of the volunteers (during implementation) and skiers/riders (during winter months), the review by the Town Forester, adherence to the Activity Manager MOU, environmental monitoring, any other miscellaneous matters that may arise from time to time.