Location: Meet at the Cotton Mountain Trailhead off of Route 113, Holderness, NH. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is closed.
This Week's Program:
Cold weather climbers rejoice, for another guided hike from the Squam Lakes Association draws nigh! Come join Lakes Region Conservation Corps members Paul and Nikka as they take a treacherous trek up the steep slopes of Cotton Mountain, enjoy a warm chili lunch, and loop around along pleasant wooded trails, maybe even checking out an old graveyard along the way!
Be warned that the hike will be a bit difficult in the initial ascent, which is 0.7 miles up a steep trail, but we’ll be sure to work in plenty of breaks as needed. After reviving ourselves at the summit and taking in the views, we’ll continue on to the summit of Livermore for a lunch break, and then descend via the Prescott trail and take the gentle slopes of Old Highway back down to NH-113, where it is a quarter-mile road walk back to the parking area. In total, this loop is about 3.5 miles in distance. Timing is flexible and may take a little longer than planned (or be shorter) depending on weather conditions and pace of the group.
What to Bring: Pack plenty of water and a lunch (preferably a warm one! Like a nice thermos of soup or chili!). Participants should be sure to still have appropriate attire and layering for winter hiking, extra layers, and comfortable water resistant hiking shoes as well as snowshoes and/or microspikes depending on conditions.
Microspikes and trekking poles are suggested and can be checked out from the Squam Lakes Association gear library if you do not have them.
The SLA can provide snowshoes & microspikes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: All ages welcome though must be able climb steep terrain in wintry conditions. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Happy New Year, hiking friends! It’s ya boi Paul here - I’m a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member serving a full term here at the SLA. I’m originally from a small town in the northernmost reaches of New York State and went to school at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where I studied geosciences. Winter hiking is totally underrated and I am super stoked to get out and hike with you all! When I’m not catching frostbite on a mountain somewhere, I love playing music, origami, trying to sneak a look at the clues in Nikka’s crossword puzzles, and long walks through the aisles of Market Basket among other shenanigans.
Hi! My name is Nikka. I graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Manhattan College in 2019 and now serve as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member with the Squam Lakes Association. Although I thrive in urban spaces, I love being outside! I’m really excited to explore more of the outdoors, and New England, with SLA this year. In my free time, you can likely find me doing yoga, doing a crossword puzzle (without any help from Paul, thank you very much), or journaling.
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 the program.