Location: Meet at the Cotton Mountain Trailhead off of Route 113, Holderness, NH. Approximately 1.1 miles from US-3 in Holderness.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
On the fourth Saturday of each month join other families for a hike. Whether your family is new to hiking or seasoned hikers this is a fun way to get outside and explore. All of these hikes are on SLA trails and if you hike all 50 miles of trails then you can become a Squam Ranger! Click here to learn more. Every hike will begin with a discussion of how we can all stay safe and have fun.
This month's hike will take you to the top of Cotton Mountain where the view is a great reward for the short but steep climb. The hike is roughly 1.2 miles, round trip, and runs along the slope of a beautiful hemlock and pine forest. We will take our time, follow the children's curiosities, and enjoy being outside. Timing is hard to predict since it depends on the hikers so we may end a bit earlier or go later.
Since hikes are weather dependent, we will contact those who have signed up if plans change.
What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, extra layers, comfortable water resistant shoes for hiking, water, snacks and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: This hike is for all ages, but is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy, snowy or rainy weather! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Hey, there! I'm Maggy, from Long Island, New York and recently graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Sustainability Sciences. I used to train assistance dogs to help people with disabilities become more independent in their daily lives which sparked my love for animals. After hearing Steve Irwin's voice in the back of my head telling me to go a little further, I soon nudged myself into pursuing a career in the environmental sciences and became very interested in wildlife and conservation. The Squam Lakes Region has always had a special place in my heart as it is my childhood vacation spot; I can't wait to be doing my part in making sure it remains healthy and beautiful. I'm excited for all of the great experiences this year is going to bring, to further explore New Hampshire, and learn as much as I can about how to protect and maintain our awesome planet! If you can't find me in my bed with a bagel or in the kitchen reheating pizza, I'm typically out in the woods hiking, fishing, exploring, or petting some stranger's dog. I love going out to spot wildlife, watch meteor showers, or finding great views!
Hi my name is Nick Langlois, and I’m from Marysville Ohio. Last spring I graduated from Otterbein University, and shortly thereafter joined the Lakes Region Conservation Corps to get my boots muddy in New Hampshire forests. This past summer I served with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, exposing me to the intricacies of trail maintenance and the best parts of land management. My time in school and the outdoors has fueled my passion for conservation and cool insects, I am super excited to join SLA for the season. Cooking, reading, climbing and hiking are my favorite hobbies!
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who perform important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about LRCC.