I was perusing the Conway Daily Sun newspaper and saw a nice piece about Irene’s Path hiking trail written by Ed Sanders.
Irene’s Path is named after Hurricane Irene, which blew through the eastern United States in August 2011. It wreaked destruction on Waterville Valley’s hiking trails and roads. Damage was so significant that several popular hiking trails were totally washed away by Irene’s torrential rains. The Flume Brook Trail, Scaur Trail and Kettles Path all disappeared. After significant fundraising by WVAIA, the Waterville Valley Foundation and other organizations, Irene’s Path was created to access the “Flume.” The new trail borrows sections from the former Kettles Path and a segment of the Scaur Trail to arrive at the Flume by way of a newly constructed section of trail. Irene’s Path is supposed to be less susceptible to flooding. Fingers crossed that’s the case and we don’t see the likes of Hurricane Irene in the future!