The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway (SRKG) is offering a series of exciting winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. The hikes, as always, offer a variety of terrain and conditions, and will include snowshoe and cross-country ski treks.
Please contact the hike leader in advance to get the details. All hikes are free and led by volunteers. Since winter hikes require special attention to physical conditioning, weather and snow conditions, participants are encouraged to evaluate their capabilities carefully before joining any group. Bring water and a snack but please leave dogs at home.
Current Hike Schedule:
Jan 19 (Sat) School House Road x-country Ski
This hike will be on x-country skis provided Mother Nature cooperates. The start will be at School House Road in Wilmot and end at the Bunker Farm in New London. The trail is a logging road and in most places it is nice and wide. Prior experience with off-track cross country skiing experience is required. (It has been rumored that this is the route taken by the early settlers when Wilmot and New London were one and the residents needed to get to the town’s annual meeting.) For more details contact Andy Hager (526-2846)
Jan 26 (Sat) Bog Mountain fun family hike
Children’s activities along the way include animal tracking, games and hot cocoa at the summit. Starting at Stearn’s Road, the hike will finish at the Wilmot Library. 3.1 miles (Moderate) For more details contact Nick Baer (526-8233)
Feb 2 (Sat) Winter Wildlife Tracking
Dave’s Winter Wildlife Tracking snow shoe hike will take place on the lower slopes of Sunset Hill in Newbury. Dave promises to teach tracking patterns and natural history for common local wild mammals. Bring cold weather gear and lunch. (Easy-Moderate) For more details contact Dave Anderson via email at: email@example.com
Feb 9 (Sat) Wilmot Snowshoe Hike (moved to Feb 10 (Sun))
Snowshoe over winter trails in Wilmot’s Patterson Road area. Refreshments afterward at the Faughnans. 3 miles. (Moderate) For more details contact Brian Faughnan (526-7838)
Feb 16 (Sat) Snowshoe in Warner’s Chandler ReservationPeg is hoping to lead her group up to the old fire tower. Some of the trails are rather steep, so be prepared. (Moderate-Difficult) For more details contact Peg Bastien (456-2347)
Feb 24,25 or 26 Fifth Annual Moonlight Madness!
The Fifth Annual Moonlight Madness Snowshoe Hike is scheduled for Feb. 24 (Sun), Feb 25 (Mon) or Feb 26 (Tue) at 9pm The one-time only hike departure time will be made to coincide with the best moonlight and weather conditions. If you are interested in participating, please email David Cook firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call (456-4570) between 5:30 and 6:30 each night to determine which night has been chosen for the optimum conditions. All participants need snowshoes, warm clothing and headlamps with fresh batteries, and poles are strongly recommended. The hike will be approximately 2 miles in length and 2 hours in duration. Not for novices. Start and finish will be where the power line crosses Whitney Brook Road. in Elkins. The route will follow trails on the Cook and Deming easements, climaxing at the ridge-top skyline vista of the Cook Easement. For further details see the SRK website. For more details contact David Cook email@example.com
Mar 2 (Sat) A winter hike to Lucia’s Lookout
Journey along Sunapee Ridge to Lucia’s Lookout to appreciate the unique view seen only by dedicated trekkers.10 miles (Difficult) For more details contact Gerry Gold (526-2857)