Location: Meet at the Mead Base parking lot, which is at the end of Diamond Ledge Rd, Sandwich, NH
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/spring hike up to Mt. Israel (2,620’ summit) via the Wentworth Trail. Our moderately intense, four-mile hike will begin at 10:00 AM at the Mead Base parking lot located next to the Wentworth Trail trailhead. As we ascend Wentworth, we’ll see stone walls (a remnant of the Squam area’s past), streams, and incredible views of the White Mountains. Once we reach the Mt. Israel summit, we’ll take a short break to take pictures and enjoy lunch.
Although hikers may be familiar with the trails around Squam Lake during the summer & fall, winter/spring hiking in the region can provide a different perspective, and new appreciation, of the area. We encourage anyone interested in a more challenging excursion to join us on this guided hike, and get the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Squam Lakes Watershed during winter. 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: Hikers should come prepared with cold weather hiking gear (ice spikes, lots of layers, and extra socks/shirts/hats/etc.), a packed lunch, and water, Depending on weather conditions, snowshoes may be helpful—the SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: This hike can be strenuous, especially in the snow, but all ages are welcome as long as they’re willing and able to hike in snowy/icy 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.