John Sherburne Ski Trail

 

John Sherburne Ski Trail
The “Sherbie,” as it’s affectionately known, descends from the base of the Little Headwall all the way to the south end of the parking lot at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Originally cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, this trail has been a favorite descent route from Tuckerman Ravine for more than 70 years. The trail’s difficulty roughly equates to an intermediate run at a ski resort, the biggest difference being that it is an ungroomed backcountry trail, with difficult and variable conditions. Also, this means the response time should you become injured is going to be much longer than at a ski resort. The trail has several steep pitches, with added challenge coming in the form of water ice, wind-scoured sections, exposed rocks, and waterbars. Conditions change quickly, so be prepared for anything here.

The trail is not built for foot traffic, regardless of the season, so please do not walk or snowshoe up or down the trail. Skinning up the trail is permitted, however, be mindful that skiers and snowboarders may be coming down the trail and not expecting to see you. Stay well off to the side if you are skinning up the trail.