Location: We will meet at the Morgan/Percival trailhead between 8:45 and 9 am. The parking lot is on the north side of NH-113, about 5.4 miles from the 113/US-3 junction. The parking lot is directly across the road from the West Rattlesnake parking lot.
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 Morgan/Percival loop. Our hike, which will be around 5.5 miles, begins at 9:00 AM at the Morgan/Percival trailhead on the north side of NH-113, about 5.4 miles from the 113/US-3 junction. We’ll hike up Mt. Morgan Trail first, eat lunch at the Morgan lookout, and continue to Mt. Percival along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail. We will return to the parking lot via the Mt. Percival Trail. Timing is a rough estimate because weather and hiker ability will affect our speed- this is a conservative estimate.
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 extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, raingear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), a packed lunch and snacks, and plenty of water. 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 hikers comfortable with a ~5.5 mile hike in snowy/icy conditions. There will likely be some scrambling required right below the summit.
This Week's Guides:
Hello! My name is Grace Callahan and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 where I studied ecology and earth sciences. Flipping logs to find slugs, centipedes, and salamanders in the woods behind my house was an important part of growing up for me. I’m passionate about helping people explore and connect with their backyards like I was fortunate enough to do, and this means protecting natural backyard spaces! I hope to work to preserve clean rivers, lakes, and forests for generations to come. I grew up visiting Squam and Winnipesaukee during summer vacations and I’m so excited to live here for a year! I love learning new things and right now I’m trying to teach myself more butterfly/moth ID, how to sew simple stuffed animals and clothes, and how to make good rice.
Hi, my name is Danielle Plumlee! I'm originally from Oregon, before I came over to Maine for school, in search of snow. I studied Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine, minoring in Professional Writing. My personal interest in my field is in human impacts on the environment, and working towards bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and public awareness. This is my second term serving at the Squam Lakes Association and I am looking forward to the chance to gain some l knowledge on conservation and education during the winter months with the LRCC! In my spare time I enjoy reading, hiking, and finding beautiful views.
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 LRCC.
We will meet at the Morgan/Percival trailhead between 8:45 and 9 am. The parking lot is on the north side of NH-113, about 5.4 miles from the 113/US-3 junction. The parking lot is directly across the road from the West Rattlesnake parking lot.