New trail at Mt. Washington Cog Railway draws criticism

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BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — The Mt. Washington Cog Railway is taking criticism for a trail it built on its own land.

Lawyers with an environmental advocacy group, Keep the Whites Wild, have asked the Coos County Commissioners to look into whether the railroad should have applied for and received a permit before it cleared a path to the top of summit. The group opposes attempts to develop the Mt. Washington region, and has taken particular issue with the Cog Railway's plans to build a lodge.

Cog Railway president Wayne Presby told New Hampshire Public Railroad that for now, the railroad is using the three-mile path as a shortcut for maintenance vehicles bound for the top of the mountain, not as a public road or hiking trail.

“It’s very, very rough," Presby said. "It isn’t like you can drive a car or a pickup truck or any of those types of vehicles up there...it wouldn’t go up the trail. Or a full-size [tracked snow vehicle] — that’s way too wide.”

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