Mink Hills to Mount Sunapee, Hike Hidden and Favorite Trails


Feel like getting out for a hike? The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition  and Forest Society in conjuction with the Warner Conservation Commission have hikes coming up. They are open to members and non-members alike.

The SRK Coalition continues a winter schedule of weekly treks.  “Be prepared with clothing layers, food, water and snowshoes,” said the SRK release. “And please call the hike leader at least the night before to learn starting location and time.”

For details for the SRK hikes and Forest Society wildlife tracking hike in the Mink Hills, Warner….

  • Feb 13 (Sat) – Explore hidden trails of King Hill in Sutton. Art Robbins: 927-4377. 4.5 mi. (Moderate)
  • Feb 20 (Sat) – A morning snowshoe to Clark Pond on New London’s newly constructed conservation trail. Call Ralph Spofford, 526-6568. 1.5 m. (Easy)
  • Feb 27 (Sat) – Sunapee Ridge from Lake Solitude to Lucia’s Lookout and unique views only dedicated trekkers get to see. Gerry Gold, 526-2857. 10 mi. (Difficult)
  • Feb 27 or 28 or Mar 1 – Full moon madness on the clearest night. Install fresh batteries in your headlamp and call leader Dave Cook, 526-4570, 5:30-6:30 p.m.  2 mi. (Moderate)
  • Mar 6 (Sat) – From Haynes Road in Newbury head for Sutton Mills on Poor Farm Rd. Bail out there, or continue up Corporation Hill Rd and loop through the new Johnson Easement to NH Route 114. Brent Scudder, 763-0187. 4-5 mi. (Moderate)

Greenway Trail Guides are available at local book stores.  The SRK Greenway Coalition, incorporated in 1993, is a ten-town all-volunteer non-profit organization with members throughout the SRK region and beyond.

A winter wildlife tracking hike sponsored by the the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Warner Conservation Commission will be held on Saturday, February 13 (snow date Sunday, February 14). From 10 am to 2 pm, Forest Society naturalists will lead the snowshoe trek through the Bound Tree Forest, located in Warner along the Henniker/Hopkinton town lines. This is a 374-acre property in the Mink Hills that was recently conserved.

“This moderate excursion will follow snowmobile trails and skid roads and includes off-trail exploration to provide a midwinter snowshoe adventure. Along the way, there will be a discuss winter wildlife ecology,” according to the release.

Participants are asked to: BYO lunch, cocoa, and snowshoes. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 603-224-9945 or visit http://www.forestsociety.org/thingstodo.

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. The Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. For more information, visit www.forestsociety.org.

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