We're Blasting Into Fall!
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Anyone hiking to the summit this summer can see that we’ve been up to something on Long John . It began this spring, with the clearing of trees, and widening of the trail from just below the summit to where it hooks a left after Deer Run. While this was all we had originally planned to do for the upcoming season, with our West Lake Water Project running on schedule, we decided to go ahead and finish the job this fall, rather than making you all wait another year.
In order to finish up, we had a massive amount of rock to remove, so we began blasting away at the rock face on Friday, September 8, 2017 and will continue through October 13, 2017. During this time, we will blast through 45,000 yards of rock, along 1,600 feet of trail, just 3,800 linear feet below the summit, with the goal to widen the trail in that area by 35 feet on average. For those of you trying to picture it, it was the tighter section with the rock face on skiers right. This is going to make a huge difference for beginners exploring off the summit, as well as the rest of us using Long John to access some of our favorite trails, as well as the Carinthia Base Area.
As a result of the ongoing blasting project, the popular hiking trail to the summit, known as the Mount Snow Trail or Yellow Trail, will be closed for the duration of the project, with hikers rerouted to the Highline or Pink Trail.
While I could tell you more, I’ll leave the rest up to Kelsey.