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Past Outings Reports
Kidder Brook / Cricenti Bog
New London, NH
Hike on July 3, 2021
Leader: Duncan Love
5 of us did a hike at Kidder Brook Trail and a walk about on a boardwalk viewing Cricenti Bog in New London,NH near Little Lake Sunapee. I can’t remember the last time I led an official GMC hike. It is great to be back in the swing of things. All of us have endured different and major changes to our lifestyle from the “you know”. To experience Kidder Brook is a special event. An idyllic brook with various water features including pretty waterfalls. The biggest one is pictured here. So green with a thick canopy above and an interesting old dam site. Need I say more? You have to go there. Almost forgot to mention it’s personal. My family vacation was in this area from 1950 to 1976 (I wasn’t around for the first 9 years). Then the bog. Very unique flora. Pitcher Plants and bonsai like trees including black spruce. Each month features different wildflowers. We got to see cotton grass,Sheep laurel, White Fringed Orchid,and much more. Google it and as I said about the brook go there! That’s it and as I often say about the unique hikes I lead. Where were you?
I think this might have been the first GMC hike for the two at both ends of this picture. Not uncommon for my hikes.
Of course our esteemed UVO section president Dick Andrews is in the middle of this picture at the bog. He seems to co-lead or be present at most every hike I lead! Duncan Love
Hike on July 31
Leader: Duncan Love
3 of us hiked The Jamie Latham Trail to The Windmill Hill Association Pinnacle Site. (Jamie Latham died young. There are 3 trails that bring you to the pinnacle. This is the longest. Views so vast. The shelter is a former dwelling built by the landowners who donated it to the public.
Here are some Reports from 2020 and before:
On Wednesday July 15 three of us scouted a trip planned by Dick Andrews for Sunday August 2. This is in Gile State Forest in Wilmot, NH. From the parking area just off NH 4-A we started by hiking a very short trail downstream to the ruins of what must have been an impressive mill and dam. That trail needs some maintenance.
Then we hiked a well maintained trail that leads gently up to attractive Butterfield Pond, and then in a loop around the pond. We lunched on a ledge outcrop just off the trail on the northern part of the loop.
The weather was great and there were few bugs. This will make an excellent Easy outing destination.
Old Plymouth Road
It was a nice walk on MLK Day. There was a miscalculation on my part. We had to take a detour to get there. The CCC Rd. In Plymouth,VT was not plowed. We managed ok. The weather was perfect. A little cold. It’s a simple out and back. 4 miles altogether. No spikes or snowshoes were needed with help from snowmobiles that we did not encounter. Elevation gain was just under 400′. I discovered this trek while scouting it out for the upcoming second edition of The Walker’s Guide to Vermont. Nearby is S S Pierce Co Op. We stopped in. A unique experience. www.piercesstore.com The staff was very friendly. I gave them the usual granola bars that I hand out on GMC hikes.
Parcel 5, Queechee
Tom Kahl, 7 January 2020 (photos by Duncan Love)
Hurricane Forest, Hartford
Duncan Love, 5 January 2020
Sugar River Rail Trail
6 of us and Skye (Annie’s golden retriever) walked the Sugar River Rail Trail from Claremont NH to Kellyville where the trail crosses under Rt 11 going toward Newport. It was cold. 7 degrees. This was one of my regular cycle routes last summer. I decided it would be perfect for my goal as a leader to branch out from the upper valley area with new outings that have not been done before.
After unsettled weather on Friday nine of us gathered on a sunny blue skiy Saturday morning at Exit 15. There were a few sets of tracks in the fresh couple of inches of new snow as we hiked up the Rivendell trail from Baker Road. An excellent western view from the South Peak stretched from Camels Hump to Stratton. From the North Peak Mount Moosilauke was coated in a blanket of snow. We then hiked south down the AT (Kodak) trail. The bridge near the Hexacuba Shelter had collapsed into the stream, but we found an easy upstream crossing. Further down there was a full backpack by the trail but no one around and a path led away into the woods. After pondering the situation we proceeded on, but the mystery was solved as just when we reached the Jacob Brook logging road a dozen Dartmouth Outing Club members came up the trail behind us. They had been doing work on a new side trail and one of them had left the lonesome pack by the trail. The drive home was highlighted by the soft glow of November’s early dusk.
Newport Town Forest
On Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day 5 of us hiked in the Newport (NH) Town Forest We parked at the Summer Street trailhead, and hiked up the gated Class 6 road, past the huge water tanks, to some interesting cellar holes and foundations of farmsteads settled by persons of color. One still has its impressive stone chimney.
We then retraced our steps to the woods road leading to The Pinnacle. We climbed this to a good viewpoint at the summit, where we took our ease.
My plan had been to descend on several marked trails. However we descended to a point where neither the white blazes nor the treadway could be readily found. I decided to descend on a skid road (left over from logging several years ago). With no further difficulties this led us directly to the water tanks on Summer Street just above the trailhead. (I knew it would as I had observed the logging in progress, and Summer Street is the only access suitable for heavy equipment).
The fall colors were beautiful. We all greatly enjoyed the hike. Peter Hope
photos by Duncan Love
Paradise Park Windsor, VT, Sunday October 13
hike leader Trina Perkins (pictured) photos by Duncan Love
Trail Work – Thundering Falls
This is the current condition of the boardwalk. Again, I ran into the Forest Service. They installed a thing for people to make donations. There is new sign that was put up a few weeks ago. It was nice to hang out on the boardwalk and view my trimming work and contemplate what’s next. Great weather lately.
I checked out my new task for the club today. Being an adopter was never my goal but here I am. I’m ready to do my best. No tracks since the recent snow event.While I spent some time here over the season I never checked out the falls. It was crowded and I had things to do. Today I had them all to myself.
On Sunday September 8 seven of us hiked the Ballard Trail in Norwich, VT. We started at the upper trailhead on Beaver Meadow Road. The trail passes an interesting cellarhole, then crosses Charles Brown Brook, and after some ups and downs, and ins and outs descends past the Grand Canyon of Norwich, an interesting mini-flume. The trail runs first above and later along attractive Charles Brown Brook.
We noticed many changes since the trail was recently reopened after major repairs. there are many new bridges, some new boardwalks, and several relocations, one with impressive stone work, where the older route had washed out in storms. The Fire District Dam has been removed entirely, and the lower dam at the former swimming park is no more either.
We cannot recommend the (mostly downhill) hike too strongly – all of us had a great morning! Peter Hope
photos by Duncan Love
Suky Marsh Trail
On September 1 the Russell’s joined me for a loop bike ride around Lake Mascoma with a stop to hike this special trail. I discovered the trailhead when cycling around Lake Mascmao a couple of years ago but didn’t hike it. Needed proper footwear. It’s a short distance from the former Shaker Colony. It’s called the Suky Marsh Trail. It is neglected and it appears that it has very little use. It’s like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It’s needs a little love. It’s less than a mile and meanders a lot to make a loop. You walk through a pretty boreal forest canopy. That’s about it. No views or destination feature. The trail only briefly goes along the marsh shoreline. Just a forest walk , a little under 1mile long.. What’s really special is knowing about the person who it is dedicated to and her sad story. It’s the contemplative aspect that makes it special. It reminds you that life is fleeting and precious. As a leader I like to seek out unique ventures. This is the best so far. Hope to have you join me on the next one!
On Sunday August 24 seven of us climbed Lyme Pinnacle above Lyme, NH. It was an excellent Easy hike, 2 to 3 miles round trip, with a few hundred feet of elevation gain, not steep. The views from the top were great To the East are Holt’s and Wilson’s Ledges, Smarts Mt., and Mt. Cube. To the West we could see beyond the Connecticut River Valley to the nearby hills and further off Green Mountains of Vermont. On the summit is a memorial stone bench, and an old chimney, at the site of a former cabin. Interestingly, there is metal hardware that connected to cables holding the cabin down so it would not be blown away. (Jim Liberty Cabin on Mt. Chocorua has a similar arrangement).
Peter Hope photo by Paul Hinman
On August 11 seven of us hiked the UNH Trail loop off the Kanc. in Albany Intervale, NH. We started and ended on a short section of the bed of a branch of the Sawyer River Railroad, one of the narrow guage lines use to log off what is now National Forest. We climbed to Allen’s Ledge, with good view toward the east. We continued to the summit, where we took a first lunch while enjoying views to the weest.
We then descended on ledges and trail, and circled the peak , with ups and downs, to reach the East Ledges, with outstanding views in 3 directions. We again celebrated, this time with second lunch. Finally wee descended, partly on a trail relocated following the storm damage a few years ago. Peter Hope
On August 4 five of us greatly enjoyed exploring the Forest Society’s Cockermouth Forest in Groton, NH. We hiked a loop that took us over Mt. Crosby(2222′) and the adjacent Bald Knob. We found the old roads and the trails to be in excellent condition, as well as being well marked and signed. There was only one short steep section, but no real ledge scrambles. Views from the 2 summits were good. Peter Hope
On a very hot Tuesday July 30 four intrepid souls climbed this 2927′ New Hampshire peak. One of us was a Bread Loaf Section Leader. We climbed the steeper Winslow Trail, later descended the gentler Barlow Trail. Unfortunately due to heavy use and the limited NH State Parks budget, both trails were severely eroded. The day was hazy, so views were not perfect, but we could see all the nearby mountains and lakes fairly well. I was pleased to see that the fire tower is in the process of undergoing a major restoration. Peter Hope
On May 27 four of us walked the trail around Eastman Lake in Grantham, NH. The weather was good, and we emjoyed many views of the lake, especially from Big Rock where we snacked. Earlier we had passed a really attractive small cascade, with the water falling in steps over moss-covered rock. Peter Hope
On May 19 4 hikers climbed Bog Mt. in Wilmot, NH. Views were excellent, as were the weather conditions. We then took a short walk to a pretty mini-cascade on Kinpton Brook. The only downside that day was that the blackflies had come out, and were biting – except for one of us who was wearing permethrin- treated clothing. Peter Hope
On May 5 there were only 2 of us climbing Lyme Pinnacle, but we both greatly enjoyed the extensive views from the stone bench on the summit. It was sunny and warm, a welcome relief from the cold and damp weather we had been suffering through! We will return, hopefully with a larger party! There were ticks, and an uncontrolled dog. Peter Hope
On April 29 Duncan Love led a great hike in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area.
photos by Duncan Love
Mascoma River Greenway
On April 14 6 of us hiked on this new paved rail trail, from APD Hospital to Glen Road and back. We enjoyed close up views of the rushing Mascoma River. This was a great choice when other trails were wet! Peter Hope
photo by Duncan Love
Bridgewater Road Walk
On April 13 Annie Janeway led an enjoyable road walk.
photos by Dumcan Love
Old Charlestown Road
We had our Section President,a couple of regulars,and, as she put it,, a newish member, on this cool crisp blue sky Christmas Day. We managed to navigate the snow and ice with no trouble. We walked the Ravine and Blow Me Down Trails and viewed the grounds once home to the famous sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Thanks to those who attended. It was a nice walk.
A Greek-style temple where the St. Gaudens family is buried. From right to left. Dick,Lynne,Wendy,Mary Jane in front,and my shadow.
A toast to the holiday on The Blow-Me-Trail. Brandy made by Dick Andrews.
Posting on Kathy Astrauckas’ traverse of Bald Top in Fairlee(NT) on Decenber 9, by Annie Janeway:
Kathy and Bob led six other GMCers today on the Rivendell Trail. Just sharing photos of our snowy outing and colorful crew. Marcia’s bench is fabulous and provided off the ground comfort. Impressive! A lovely day out on the trail to and from Bald Top. Cheers!
We were six hardy souls on our Waterville Valley hike on Tuesday October 30, which turned out to be an unintended prelude to winter hiking. Starting on the flat-as-a-pancake Greeley Ponds Trail, we were greeted by crunchy white stuff underfoot, which made the trail more work than the “sidewalk” we expected. Pretty, though.
Our two out-and-back side trails gave us wonderful views and high adventure. First, up the Timber Camp tail with lovely views of the “Painted Cliff” of Osceola. Lunch at the old camp clearing, which was in fact fairly sheltered so not as cold as expected.
Then up the Goodrich Rock Trail, first steeply up to Davis Rock, a huge overhanging boulder, partly via a narrow slit in some 3-story high boulders. Then further on via a wiggly, rocky trail past more interesting rock formations, and up a giant’s ladder to a view at the top. Two-thirds of our party decided to use microspikes for the descent, with the mushy snow and slippery leaves. Everyone had a good time and agreed that we had just the right amount of adventure.
Lost Pond Bog
On October 13, 201, three of us set off for Lost Pond in Big Branch Wilderness in the Green Mountain National Forest despite a forecast of drizzle and temperatures in the thirties, heartened by a promise of lifting clouds.
A small pond at nearly 3,000 feet, about three quarters of a mile off-trail near Lost Pond shelter on the Long Trail, Lost Pond is edged by a floating bog mat with pitcher plants and other unusual bog vegetation.
Unfortunately the weather didn’t improve as quickly as predicted, so we had a wet bushwhack, following an abandoned trail where we could find it. At the pond we walked part way onto the quaking bog mat in occasional flakes of snow and sleet. The bog mat has been expanding into the pond, and the extent of open water the pond is now about half the area it was 40 years ago.
Participants: Dick Andrews (leader), Susan Ogden and Lynda Hutchins
On Columbus Day 4 of us drone to Franconia Notch. in the Whites, on a day when mist blocked views of the mountains. We started by walking out on the old Route 3 bridge. We did catch a fleeting glance of the Greenlreaf Hut area, and enjoyed a rainbow in the direction of Bethlehem.
We started our hike proper from the large parking lot across from Peabody Slopes ski lifts. We were fortunate as the major summer parking lots were full. The Park was running a shuttle bus for visitors, which we did not need.
We took a loop trail, first climbing to Bald Mt.. The view from the steep ledges at the top was blocked by fog, but the company of other hikers was good. We then descended to the col and climbed the western hill, which has views even more limited than usual, From there we went down to the short spur trail to the top of the Artist’s Bluff cliff. From there we did get a great View of the Notch and of Eagle Lake, although the mountains were still in the clouds.
After taking the Link Trail back to our cars, we discussed what to do next. The original plan was to hike to Georgianna Falls, from a side road off US-3 in Lincoln. As time was getting on, we instead parked at the Basin, and hiked the Pemi Trail to the Little Fume and the confluence with Whitehouse Brook. Water levels were too high to consider continuing, so we retraced our step. instead.
We all enjoyed the day greatly, even though the weather was not ideal. It’s great to get out!
The trip on On Columbus Day 4 of us trave was fun, but after the pictures we got to work. Inge Brown is the adopter for the boardwalk. I went on a Garbage detail off the boardwalk (where no one should go) but it had to be done. Inge talked about the damage from the flood when it took out part of the boardwalk. It was a great time, and I was glad to help out!
Duncan Love for Inge Brown
Long time member Denise Glatzer joined me for this great 7.3 mile hike on thee Chandler Ridge Trail at the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Brandon, VT. It was fortunate that most of the hike was under a forest canopy on this hot and humid day.early on we encountered a group of teens. They wanted to know hoe close they were to the finish and were pleased to learn that the end was near. Then a young mountain biker. How people do this on a trail like this amazes me! From this point on we saw no one till Silver Lake. We hiked along the ridge With lake Dunmore to the left and Silver Lake to our right. I plan to lead a hike here on April 27, 2019. With the leaves down there will be spectacular views on both sides.We enjoyed many glimpses of these water features.After over 6 miles we descended to Silver Lake.We enjoyed a brief break at the picnic area. It was cut short by an impending thunder storm. We viewed the beautiful Falls of Lana.while experiencing some welcome rain at the end. The thunder stayed north.
On Sunday August 19 five of us climbed Potash Mt. a small peak off the Kanc. We went up the trail, with only minor problems at the stream crossing, then came down diverting to the Forest Service road that avoids it but that does entail a short road walk. From the first overlook we could see south to Mts. Passaconaway, Hedgehog, Square Ledge as well as Chocorua and the 3 Sisters. The views from the open summit were even better, towards Carrigain, the Pemi. Wilderness, and the peaks to the north and east. The trail was fairly rooty and steep in places, although it also featured some level stretches as well as friction climbing on rock near the summit. Altogether, we had a great day!
Moose Mt. Lodge
On Sunday August 5, 11 of us hiked a loop from the Moose Mt. Lodge area, Hanover, NH. We first visited attractive Mill Pond, as well sites of old mill dams a little below. we did have some trail finding problems, but we eventually reached the our goal the upper Pasture. Several of us went to the ledges on Moose Mt. Ridge, others rested and enjoyed chocolate under the shade of a tree. We descended via the Pastures, enjoying a great view toward Vermont from above Moose Mt. Lodge.
On Memorial Day 9 of us climbed to Bald Peak on the western slope of Kinsman Ridge in Franconia(NH). The view from the flat open ledges was fantastic! On the way up we visited a lovely waterfall and gorge. It was an exceptional outing for us all!
photos by Duncan Love
Om Sunday May 6 three of us hiked through conserved woods in Hanover(NH). We started from Goodfellow Road on Huntington Hill and descended to lovely Slade Brook which we followed down to River Road.We passed many waterfalls along the way. There were no unpleasant insects. A great time was had by all!
Saturday April 28 –
Another round for the Leicester Hollow Trail at the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. All new players this year. Same number, being 5. Two members from other Sections(!) and our O-Section President. I was honored tom lead this group. A unique hike with the Hollow being the main attraction. Not often do you find this. I never have. Less early Spring plant life this year and some snow and ice but that was nit a problem. Everything went well and thanks to all. Those who did not attend missed another great hike with me!
Happy Hill Shelter
On March 6th 2018 there was still plenty of snow on the trail from Tucker hill trail, Off Happy Hill Road in Norwich, to the Happy Hill Shelter. Tucker hill trail joins up with the AT coming from Cossingham Road, and later veers off towards Norwich. It is simple to think that that this latter trail leads to the shelter, but it is to be avoided. The Shelter turnoff is still a bit further along. It was peaceful, with warm sunshine on and off and with rivulets flowing under low lying icepack. A good time of year to visit the Shelter! The handicapped accessible privy was also in good working order. Duncan, Mary Jane and I had a lovely experience and winter adventure!
photo by Duncan Love
Presidents’ Day Hike
4 of us ventured into a Winter Wonderland on the Colette Trail in Enfield(NH), which closely follows Bicknell Brook. There was enough open water to make the brook lovely, both in its quietly running sections as well as in its waterfalls, of which only the largest was still covered in snow and ice. We will return, as this trail is so appealing in all seasons!
Peter Hope photos by Dick Andrews
New Year’s Eve
Here are 2 photos by Tom Kahl of our recent New Year’s Eve Celebration:
Blue Ridge Mt.
Inge Trebitz and I hike up Blue Ridge Mountain on the Canty Trail in Killington. I don’t know the origin of the trail name. About a third of the way up we encounter the star feature. A beautiful cascade. Then to the summit which is a large rock with no view except for a pretty mountain ash tree bearing an abundance of berries. A vista of Rutland and the area is just before. We lunch there and descend to finish a wonderful hike.
On Sunday October 22 10 of us explored the Hope Forest in Danbury(NH), formerly belonging to my family.Attractive woods, waterfall. We did a loop hike is on dirt and woods roads as a significant off-trail climb. We headed too far north, climbing Moulton Hill, but were easily able to descend on skid toads to the main woods road. At the end of the hike we admired the waterfalls and swimming holes at the old mill site.
Peter Hope photos by Duncan Love
For my October 8 hike to Cockermouth Forest in Groton(NH) I got few signuops. . But 2 of us, both experienced hikers, decided to go anyway. We hoped the rains would abate, but they were still upon us when we arrived at the parking area. We had originally planned a loop over Mt. Crosby and Bald Knob, but we went to Plan B – a hike to Little Pond instead. We thought that the rocks on the summits would be too slick, and that there would be no views. We were pleasantly surprised at what a great destination Little Pond was. We climbed gently to an attractive spruce forest, then continued to a ledge just above the lovely pond, which is clearly gradually filling in to become a bog. And just as we arrived there the rain stopped, succeeded by warm sun! Altogether, it was a good trip. On the way home we stopped briefly at Sculptured Rocks in Hebron, where spectacular potholes were carved out by water eons ago – much more spectacular than more familiar ones such as at the Basin in Franconia Notch.
2 short New Hampshire hikes
Four members join me for a relaxing “Walk in the park” at Butterfield Pond and a wildlife viewing area near Pleasant Lake,N.H. Great weather as well as the company. We explore an interesting old mill site near Butterfield Pond. Then we hike to our destination. Early autumn colors evident. We discover what appears to be a blazed trail going around the pond. Next time for this. Then to the wildlife area where we explore the Beaver Pond. They have moved on but much evidence of their time here remains. There are observation blinds for viewing wildlife. We saw a heron and other birds. Many thanks to the members who thought it was worth the ride from the upper valley and Springfield,VT areas for this outing.
Huntington Hill / Slade Brook
On Sunday August 29 6 of us hiked from Goodfellow Road down to Old Lyme Road, in Hanover(NH). Recent logging caused us ti miss the first turnoff, but a short walk along the edge of a field brought us to the correct trail – with the bonus of some fine views! We descended though attractive woods to lovely Slade Brook. We followed it upstream for a while, as far as the collapsed bridge, then retraced our steps to the new bridge designed by Craig Sanborn and built eatrlier this summer. We crossed this and hiked a short distance to Old Spencer Road. Unfortunately loggers had very recently left a huge pile of slash blocking the trail, so a short bushwhack ensued. Finally we descended Old Spencer Road, crossing the brook one more time on a well maintained foot bridge a few hundred feet from our cars. We all enjoyed this morning expedition!
On Thursday August 16 7 of us hiked the multi-purpose trail in Taftsville(VT) designed by John Morton. Footing was excellent, grades not difficult, and the hike led through lovely woods on a hillside, with a few views of open fields. We managed to avoid stepping on “road apples” – evidence of horseback riding! It was a wonderful way to enjoy a summer morning!
Photos by Duncan Love
This Sunday July 30th 5 of us enjoyed an afternoon hike on the attractive trails at the Cook Preserve in New London(NH). Highlights included a massive rock pile (? a giant cairn), interesting geology, and 2 pools, and a brook (with little flow today).
Trail markings were a bit confusing, due to the large orange blazing on all trails, and the much smaller and often faded color dots differentiating each trail Also the trail map was incomplete and incorrect in some areas. But fun was had by all!
What a day! – Wednesday July 26. We get a window of no rain and nice weather. We are in a rainy summer. Pros and cons to that. Have you noticed how large the ferns are!
This is the most difficult route to ascend Mt. Kearsarge (well might be hard if you have trouble with your car on the auto road).
We hiked Trail 11 of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsearge Greenway. I did the entire SRG Greenway about 9 years ago. After going from the other direction I wanted to try it this way. Today was the day. The first leg was the Lincoln trail,constructed by teachers and students from Kearsarge Regional High School in the 80’s. This leg was steep at parts but level sections helped to ease the pain. All of this in a canopy of shade. Then the rock scramble. Short but long enough. We Summit. After 360 views,lunch,and great hike stories. We descend on the Barlow trail. Considered easy but watch your step. Lots of roots and rocks to walk over.
On Tuesday July 4 six of us enjoyed a loop climb in an attractive Nature Conservancy Preserve in Dummerston(VT). This was made possible by the recent purchase of more land by the NC, including the previously closed eastern half of the loop. Highlight of our trip included a beaver pond, a lovely waterfall, a snake, beautiful mountain laurel, and (restricted) views from the summit ledges. A great way to spend the Fourth!
Peter Hope photos by Dick Andrews