Slides, short for landslides, are common landscape features in the White Mountains and Adirondacks. These landslips occur when heavy rainfall weakens the soil on higher angle slopes, letting loose a slurry of water, mud, and boulders, that barrel down the hill like a derailed freight train destroying everything in its path.
Slides can be quite dangerous to hike over because the rocks and soil remain unstable long after they fall. But they can provide useful shortcuts for off-trail hikers willing to climb up or down them because they can eliminate miles of trail hiking or battling brush.
Trail builders also make use of slides to extend the trail system. For example, all of the following trails in the White Mountains were “built” on landslides.
- Flume Slide Trail
- Mt Washington Headwall (Great Gulf Trail)
- Owls Head Path
- Mt Tripyramid Trail – South Slide
- Mt Tripyramid Trail – North Slide
There are even a few trails in the White Mountains that cross slides:
- Wildcat Ridge Trail below Mt Wildcat (A peak)
- Mt Osceola Trail below East Osceola Mountain
Here are some more pictures of White Mountain Slides. It’s amazing how many you begin to see when you look for them.