Geocaching and Moonlit Treks in the Lake Sunapee Region

From Mount Kearsarge looking down on Pleasant Lake.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is once again leading a series of exciting winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. The hikes which begin Jan. 16, 2010, are free and open to all.

The hikes 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 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.

SRKG 2010 Winter Hikes

Saturday, January 16 – Geocaching from Webster Pass to Dutchman Pond. Will you be able to spot the 14 winter-friendly caches? Bring a GPS unit, if you have one, or learn as you go. Led by Cynthia Bruss, gregcyn@myfairpoint.net, or 603-763-4570. 5 miles, moderate.

Saturday, January 23 – Susan and Michael Chiarella reprise their annual hot chocolate ramble. An interpretive snowshoe hike to Star Lake in Springfield.  Call 603-763-5879. 3 miles, easy.

Saturday, January 30 – Cross-country ski to Springfield’s Morgan Pond from Twin Lake Villa. Andy Hager. Call 603-526-2846. 5 miles, moderate for experienced skiers.

Saturday, February 6  Andrew Brook Trail to Jack and June Junction, then down the Newbury Trail to Newbury Harbor. Call Charlie Killam, 603-526-4467. 4.5 miles, difficult.

Saturday, February 13 – Explore the hidden trails of King Hill in Sutton. Snowshoes, poles as needed. Call off-trail specialist Art Robbins, 603-927-4377. 4.5 miles, moderate.

Saturday, February 20 – A relaxed snowshoe to remote Clark Pond on New London’s newly constructed conservation trail. Call Ralph Spofford, 603-526-6568. 1.5 miles, 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, 603-526-2857. 12 miles, 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, 603-526-4570, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. nightly, to confirm date. 2 miles, moderate.

Saturday, March 6 – From 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, 603-763-0187. 4-5 miles, moderate.

For more information about the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition, visit: www.srkg.com.

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