Reroute required after Primitive Trail landslide

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WILMINGTON — A steep section of Primitive Trail became unstable over the winter and slid.

"We have every intention of getting that section reopened," Wilmington Trails Committee Chairman Spencer Crispe said. "We have other projects that have taken priority until now but we're going to try and get that part of the trail reopened later this summer as soon as we can get a safe reroute."

Today, at 6 p.m., the Wilmington Trails Committee is meeting at Wahoo's Eatery at 2 Whites Road. The single agenda item is a hike to Primitive Trail to address the landslide.

The 2.7-mile trail starts on the east side of White's Road, right after crossing the bridge over Beaver Brook, and follows the brook briefly before descending steeply onto a ridge.

"From there it is more gentle, crossing through old forest, old cross country ski trails, high ridges and low beaver ponds, eventually

arriving at the southwestern shores of Lake Raponda," according to a town trail map.

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Crispe said he has never dealt with anything like this during his time on the committee.

"A huge section gave way and dropped 4 to 7 feet," he said, describing the trail as "a really important artery" connecting to other trails in town. "Plus it links up to the downtown."

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Crispe said the landslide was discovered when someone was using the trail this winter.

"It just dropped off," he said. "It was almost like what you see in an earthquake. It just slide down into the Beaver Brook."

The section has been closed until the committee can figure out how to make a reroute, Crispe said, having been told by longtime residents that the area is prone to landslides.

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He expects switchbacks will be made and railings could possibly be installed.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays


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