Eagle Scout Mike Salo

Eagle Scout takes on SRK Trailwork Project

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Mike Salo of Springfield, NH was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout this past May after completing trail revitalization on the SRKG Trail #5. A member of Troop #71, Mike organized and recruited other Kearsarge students to help out on his goal of rehabilitating an overgrown 2-mile section of trail deep within Gile State Forest.The project started with clearing a number of large trees that had blown down and were blocking the trail. Mike was also able to open up the trail to reclaim two major overlooks. Mike also added SRK Greenway blazes and other trail markers and in general improved the quality of the trail. But, the majority of his time was spent on the construction of seventeen — 4’x 8’ bog bridges each weighing approximately 100 pounds. The seventeen bridges were hiked in and placed over wet areas to prevent further erosion.

As we stated earlier, Mike recruited a number of unsuspecting friends to help carry the bridges into the Gile Forest. An awesome total of over 580 hours was put into this extraordinary volunteer project.This section in the Gile State Forest had been on the SRK Trail Crew’s “To Do” list for some time. Everyone is very grateful for Mike’s commitment and dedication to maintaining local trails.  To fully appreciate Mike’s effort, take a hike on the Springfield to Pleasant Lake section of the SRK Greenway. Let us know if you are inspired to become a trail adopter and you can improve your own section of the necklace we call the SRK Greenway. Whatever your motivation, comments and reports on trail conditions are always welcome.

Summer Hikes 2017

Join us for a hike this Summer 
We are pleased to offer a selection of hikes every summer. While some take place on SRKG trails, others explore new places and opportunities. Be sure to contact the trip leader at least one day in advance to register your interest, learn where and when to meet, and find out if any special conditions exist. Always carry a good supply of water, a snack, and layers of clothing to prepare for possible weather conditions.
 SRK Summer hike Sunapee 2016
Summer Hikes on the SRK Greenway! 

Saturday, June 24  Join us for a Family Hike up Mt. Sunapee to Lake Solitude and the white ledges. Fantastic views and a fun hike for the entire family. Moderate difficulty and approximately 5 miles round trip.  For more information email Dave Gardner at  srkgc@srkg.com

Saturday, July 1  Join Lee Carvalho and her hearty gang of outdoor enthusiasts as they make an attempt upon “The Bulkhead”. Hiking in through the Proctor woodlands to the Bulkhead vista. You can expect excellent views that are worth the extra effort. This hike will be difficult, steep and approximately 3 miles. For more information contact Lee Carvalho at  leecarvalho6@gmail.com

Saturday, July 15 Join us on SRK Greenway Trail #10 from the athletic fields at Proctor Academy in Andover up to the Winslow State Park on Mt. Kearsarge. This is a fantastic 6-mile hike with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Hike through old Class VI roads and snowmobile trails up the side of Kearsarge and eventually ending up on Twist Hill Road and the Winslow State Park. For more information contact Anne Hewitt at  anne5762@live.com or (603) 848-5762

Saturday, July 22  Join Andy Hager and other members of the SRK Trail Crew for a trail work day on the Greenway.  There are many sections of the Greenway trail that need attention. The details and exact location of the work will be determined by how many people join the crew.  For more information contact Andy Hager at  andrew@hagerinvestments.com or (603) 470-6009

Sunday, July 30  Join Nathan Richer for an 8.5 mile Trail Run. Starting at Kearsarge Valley Road in Sutton and running up the Lincoln Trail to the summit of Kearsarge. This will be a difficult Trail Run with significant elevation gain. Out and back approximately 8.5 miles. For more information contact Nathan Richer at nricher@ruger.com or (603) 344-0287

Saturday, August 19  Join Susan and Mike Chiarella for a hike into the Gile State Forest in Springfield. This is a moderate day hike with some steep and uneven terrain. Approximately 5 miles. For more information contact Susan Chiarella at  Chiarellalaw@myfairpoint.net

For the latest hike schedule visit the calendar on our website at www.srkg.org