Location: Meet at the Brooks Fisher Trail trailhead. Click here for a Google Map. that will get you close to the trailhead. Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25. In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road. Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go a little over 2 miles and the trailhead is on the right.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Join the Squam Lakes Association for a winter hike along the SLA’s newest trail, the Brooks Fisher Trail. Our hike, which will be around 2.8 miles, begins at 10:00 AM at the Brooks Fisher Trail trailhead (Located off Perch Pond Road near Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. We’ll follow the trail as it gradually climbs to where it meets with the Crawford Ridgepole Trails where we’ll take lunch.
Although hikers may be familiar with the trails around Squam Lake during the summer, winter hiking in the region can provide a different perspective, and new appreciation, of the area. In addition, there are a number of new and ongoing opportunities for members of the community to get involved in the conservation of the watershed. Participants will get to hear about the conservation work being done around Squam Lake, and ways that they can get involved in the coming months as they hike up to the summits.
What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, water, packed lunch, 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: All ages, hikers willing and able to hike 3 miles in wet, possible icy/snowy conditions.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
Hi! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon, not Maine—but I’m excited to visit this other Portland I keep hearing about) where I received a B.S. in biology with a focus on microbiology, as well as minors in English and philosophy. In my free time, you’ll probably catch me reading science fiction, heading to the coast for some tide pooling, trying to find someone to play volleyball with, and/or listening to Queen.
Hello, my name is Amanda, and I am from Western Massachusetts! I first fell in love with teaching environmental science to children outdoors when I worked at a rustic summer camp in Western Mass during my undergraduate years at Westfield State University where I got a B.S. in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies, concentration in Wilderness Leadership, and a minor in Environmental Science. I graduated in 2017 with my Master’s degree in Natural Resources with a certificate in Environmental Education from the University of Idaho, and I have recently found myself back on Cape Cod teaching outdoor and environmental education. Interests include hiking, canoeing, photosynthesizing in the sunshine, reading, snowboarding, playing the uke, sending postcards, and swimming laps.
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 spend their year on Squam performing 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.