Randolph Community Forest | crescent ridge glade

Project Type: Glade
Level: Municipal
Location: Randolph, NH
Ability Level: Advanced, Intermediate, Entry
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

Proposed Glade Zone:  The proposed Crescent Ridge Glade in the 10,000 acre Randolph Community Forest is approximately 50-75 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. The upper pitch of the zone contains a slope angle in the range of 25-30 degrees for approximately 300 vertical feet.  The middle section is approximately 20 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 proposes three to 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.

Parking: The proposed 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 either (i) climbing the Carlton Notch Trail to Crescent Ridge Trail to the ridgeline or (ii) traversing several blue-marked nordic ski routes which flow into the 10-12 acre wildlife area and up into and above the proposed glade to the ridgeline.

Status.  The Crescent Ridge Glade is in the final stages of approval.  The Randolph Forestry Commission has granted approval however said approval is subject to Randolph Town ordinances, which requires an Activity Manager Memorandum of Understanding to be approved by the Town of Randolph Planning Board, part of which is a notified public hearing . The hearing should be this summer.  If final approval is granted, 

Work Weekend. GBA has scheduled a work weekend on August 26 & 27th on site to execute the vision of Glade Designer Sustainable Trailworks.  The proposed glade design is a document linked 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, any other miscellaneous matters that may arise from time to time.