Location: Meet at the meet at Doublehead Trailhead on Thompson Road off of Route 113. Click here for a Google Map.
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 spring hike up to Doublehead Mountain (2,158’ summit) via the Doublehead Trail. Our moderately intense, 3-mile hike will begin at 10:00 AM at the Doublehead Trail parking lot located up Thompson Road off of Route 113. Once we reach the summit we’ll have time for lunch and photos as we take a break on the Doublehead ledge, which offers some of the best views of the Squam Range.
Hikers should come prepared with weather-appropriate hiking gear (lots of layers, rain gear, and extra socks/shirts/hats/etc.), a packed lunch, and water, This hike can be strenuous—moderately steep stretches are intermixed with relatively flat sections—but anyone ages 12 and up are welcome.
Although hikers may be familiar with the trails around Squam Lake during the summer, spring hiking in the region can provide a different perspective, and new appreciation, of the area. As a Squam Rangers hike, this program is aimed at more experienced hikers who are interested in completing all of trails in the Squam Lakes network. However, we encourage anyone interested in a spring excursion to join us on this guided hike, and get the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Lake during this season. 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.
For more information, or to sign up for this guided hike, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other guided hikes and environmental programs throughout the spring. These free programs, presented by the LRCC AmeriCorps members at the SLA, are open to the public and cover a variety of conservation related topics and recreational activities around the lake. The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. In collaboration with local and state partners the SLA promotes the protection, careful use and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes region.
What to Bring: Extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, rain gear, hiking boots, a packed lunch, and plenty of water.
Audience: Ages 12 and up are welcome, but the hike is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy, snowy, or rainy weather.
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.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:
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.