Winter snowshoe hiking in the Sunapee Region

2010 Winter Hiking Calendar

A place to rejuvenate

A place to rejuvenate

NEW LONDON, NH – The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is once again leading a series of exciting winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. The hikes are free and open to all.

The hikes, as always, offer a variety of terrain and conditions, and will include geocaching, snowshoe and cross-country ski events. A special feature again this year will be a moonlight snowshoe hike over a forgiving three-mile course.

Hikes range from easy to difficult. Hike leaders will offer full details for each event, including starting place and time and equipment needs.  There is absolutely no cost to participants, except for personal food, equipment, and transportation to the hike site. Since winter hikes require special attention to physical conditioning, weather and snow conditions, hikers are encouraged to evaluate their capabilities carefully before joining any group.

~ Overnight Camping is Not Permitted on the SRK Greenway ~

E – easy

M – moderate

D – difficult

The hikes:

Saturday, February 6
Andrew Brook Trail to Jack and June Junction, then down the Newbury Trail to Newbury Harbor. Call Charlie Killam, 526-4467. 4.5 miles, D – difficult.

Saturday, February 13
Explore the hidden trails of King Hill in Sutton. Snowshoes, poles as needed. Call off-trail specialist Art Robbins, 927-4377. 4.5 miles, M – moderate.

Saturday, February 20
A relaxed snowshoe to remote Clark Pond on New London’s newly constructed conservation trail. Call Ralph Spofford, 526-6568. 1.5 miles, E – easy.

Saturday, February 27
Journey along Sunapee Ridge to Lucia’s Lookout and the unique view only dedicated trekkers get to see. Call long-distance winter hike specialist Gerry Gold, 526-2857. 12 miles, D – difficult.

Saturday, Sunday or Monday, February 27, 28 or March 1
Moonlight madness, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on the clearest night. Install fresh batteries in your headlamp and call leader Dave Cook, 526-4570, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. nightly, to confirm date. 2 miles, M – moderate.

Saturday, March 6From Haynes Road in Newbury, travel the SRKG to Poor Farm Road, then head south into Sutton Mills. Bail out there, or take Corporation Hill Road and loop through the Johnson Easement to NH Route 114. Call Brent Scudder, 763-0187. 4-5 miles, M – moderate.