Location: Meet at Eastman Brook trailhead off of Route 113 about 6 miles north of Route 3. Click here for a google map.
We will meet at the Eastman Brook parking lot at 11am, then take a short walk over to the Col Trail trailhead to start our hike.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program: Kick off December with a guided hike to East Rattlesnake! East Rattlesnake offers a wide view of Squam Lake, making it a perfect place to take in the beauty of the Squam Watershed. This hike is approximately 1.6 miles and will take us up the quieter, less-traveled Col Trail before turning left onto the Ridge Trail and up to the summit. We’ll take a 30-minute break at the top to take pictures and eat lunch, then head back down the way we came. It will be chilly on the summit, so make sure to wear warm layers and shoes!
What to Bring: Hikers should come prepared with weather-appropriate hiking gear (layers, rain gear, and extra socks/shirts/hats/etc.), lunch, and water. Masks for those who want to wear one though they are not required. 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: This hike is for all ages, though recommended for those who are comfortable walking uphill. The trail has a gradual incline but gets a bit steep once we start to summit the mountain. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's LRCC Guide:
Hey, everyone! I’m Nikka, and I’m a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member serving a full term with the Squam Lakes Association. I’m from Northern Virginia but moved to New York for school, where I studied Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Communication at Manhattan College. In my free time, I like to go on walks, practice yoga, and watch sitcoms. This is my first time in New Hampshire, so I’m excited to be exploring a bit of the Squam Watershed with you all during this hike!
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.