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Section 17: The Bridges Trail to Lincoln Gap

A large culvert is out on Forest Road 202, just a bit south of the Lincoln Gap Road.  Be prepared to remove your skis to negotiate the gully.
This section is a mix of back-country trails with a few short, steep climbs and descents; a partially plowed road; wide, groomed snowmobile trails; and an ungroomed, unplowed forest road to the top of Lincoln gap. There are wonderful views of the Breadloaf Wilderness along the way. A 1.2-mile road walk along South Lincoln Rd. can sometimes be skied.
12.3 miles
The ski along the Bridges Trail between Forest Road 59 and Forest Road 54 includes a few short, steep, climbs and descents.  The ski along FR 54 is flat and easy, but is shared with snowmobiles and is partially plowed.  From South Lincoln Rd. to Lincoln Gap is all uphill but is not particularly steep. Note:  FR 54 and the western, plowed half of FR 59 are known locally as “The Natural Turnpike.”  After leaving the groomed trail network of the Rikert X-C Ski Center, the CT follows the eastern portion of FR 59 (unplowed), The Bridges Trail (non-snowmobile), and then joins FR 54 heading north to Lincoln.

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Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection17

With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 17… #CTsection17.