As most of you know the OH Association has maintained the Hutmen's Trail for many years. The trailhead is located about 2/10 miles north of the Hutmen's cabin near the Hutmen's Heights development. It wanders around Spruce Mountain and comes out on the Carter Notch road just above the Bog Brook Trail. It provides a very nice half day hike.
Most every spring OH volunteers clear the trail from winter blow downs. This past spring Dick Low and Doug Hotchkiss found that most of the signage on the Carter Notch side had been removed in building a new logging road, which is part of the trail. After stumbling around on a maze of Jackson Ski Touring trails and abandoned roads, Dick and Doug decided that some new signs were definitely in order.
Doug pursued assistance from the AMC Trail Department and was informed that no signs could be made or placed without approval of the Forest Service. Ironic, since they were responsible for there elimination.
After numerous phone calls and emails, Doug was finally able to contact Christin Bailey at the Saco District HQ. Luckily for us Bailey is a former AMC employee and lent a sympathetic ear.
In August Doug, Bailey, Bill Barrett, and Dylan Alden were able to hike the trail and place some temporary signs at critical junctions. These signs were replaced by permanent ones produced and installed by the Forest Service. They also provided some extra signs, which now have been placed near the route 16 trailhead.