SRKG winter hikes start January 15

Winter view: Mount Kearsarge toward Pleasant Lake

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is again leading a series of winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. The hikes are open to the public free of charge, and offer a variety of terrain and conditions. The hike schedule (listed below) includes snowshoe and cross-country ski events and a moonlight snowshoe outing over a forgiving three-mile course.

A snowshoe tour through Webb Woods in Sunapee on January 15 will kick off the 2011 hike schedule.

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 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, participants are encouraged to evaluate their capabilities carefully before joining any group.

2011 Winter Hike Schedule

  • January 15 – Snowshoe tour through Sunapee’s Webb Woods, part of the Greenway’s Trail 2. Ron Wyman, 763-5822. 3.4 miles, easy.
  • January 22 - Cross-country ski to Springfield’s Morgan Pond from Twin Lake Villa. Call Andy Hager. Phone, 526-2846. 5 miles, moderate for experienced skiers.
  • January 29 - Snowshoe or X-C hike over trails in Wilmot’s Patterson Road area. Refreshments afterward. Brian Faughnan, 526-7838. 3 miles,moderate.
  • February 5 - Visit Andover’s scenic small ponds, including Hopkins, Elbow and Mud. Lee Carvalho, 735-5719. 6 miles, easy to moderate, .
  • February 12 – A mostly downhill traverse of the Greenway’s Trail 6 from Wilmot to Pleasant Lake. Art Robbins, 927-4377. 3.5 miles, moderate
  • February 17, 18 or 19Moonlight 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, details. 2 miles, moderate.
  • February 26 – A reprise of Susan and Michael Chiarellas’ Hot Chocolate Ramble. Snowshoe Greenway trails in Springfield. Call 763-4661. 3 miles, moderate.
  • March 5 – Journey along Sunapee Ridge to Lucia’s Lookout to appreciate the unique view seen only by dedicated trekkers. Call Gerry Gold, 526-2857. 10 miles, difficult.
  • March 6 – Track wildlife along Sutton’s Lincoln Trail to Black Mountain. Led by Forest Society naturalist, Dave Anderson, RSVP to SPNHF at 224-9945, Ext. 313, or e-mail signup@forestsociety.org. 3.5 miles, moderate, with some steep places.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes hiking and land conservation amid three major mountains. Its 75-mile trail system, incorporating 14 separate hikes through Andover, Danbury, Goshen, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner and Wilmot, is free and open to all. For information, visit the website at www.srkg.com, or write: Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition, PO Box 1684, New London, NH 03257-1684.

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