I recently ran into long-time Waterville Valley property owner, Marvin Weinberger. My children attended the Waterville Valley Rec. Dept.’s summer day camp with his kids many years ago, and both of us recalled those fun days with fond memories.
I just heard that Marvin, an avid hiker, has an idea that has been percolating for the past 10 years – to create a Waterville Valley Long Trail. What’s a long trail? You can get an idea by looking at the Long Trail in Vermont.
Marvin’s idea is to create a 50-mile circuit trail around Waterville Valley. In Marvin’s words, “It would provide a very exciting destination – both for serious hikers (including trail runners) as well as for families and even baby boomers (like me). Proximity to the valley means that most nights the hikers could pretty easily relax (and sleep) in town. Business for hotels, restaurants but also new services – provisioning, hike leaders, organizing of campsites, and hopefully the town could provide a free shuttle.”
Marvin suggests starting the Waterville Valley Long Trail at the ski area on Mt. Tecumseh. Perhaps a ski lift could operate and food could be served at the mountain and provisions sold there.
With input from WVAIA president, Dan Newton, Marvin created a basic proposal (see below), but suggests adding a link between Snows Mountain and Drakes Brook (not in the proposal) that would create yet another loop trail, which would bring hikers down by the tennis courts, golf club, and by the athletic club if exiting Drakes Brook.
What does it take to get Marvin’s idea off the ground (or, literally on the ground)? If you look at the history of the Vermont Long Trail, it takes support from numerous organizations, volunteerism and money. Marvin has been in communication with the Town of Waterville Valley, the White Mountain National Forest, WVAIA (Waterville Valley’s outdoor club), and local business owners. He thinks there is enough support (and even some cash to create and maintain the trails/campsites, shuttle service) that the Waterville Valley Long Trail could become a reality.
I think this is a terrific idea. What do you think? Reply to this post or send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll pass along your comments.