Location: Meet at the Mead Base parking lot at the end of Diamond Ledge Road in Sandwich, NH. Diamond Ledge Road bears right at the beginning of Sandwich Notch Road. Park in the field just below the old farm house; the trail begins on the left, rear side of the house.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Join the SLA on a hike up Mt. Israel! We will hike up via the Wentworth trail. The Wentworth trail is a 1.9 mile trail that offers views of Squam Lake via an overlook on the way up and views of the Sandwich Range from the summit of Mt. Israel. We will retrace our steps down the Wentworth Trail to return to the parking lot.
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. 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: Participants should bring extra layers that can be taken off/added on to stay warm and dry, rain/snow gear, a hat, an extra pair of socks, any sort of medication you may need, hiking boots, snowshoes or microspikes (dependent on conditions), snacks/lunch, and plenty of water (maybe a thermos of your favorite warm drink). SLA is able to provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: Anyone comfortable with a moderate 4 mile hike in snowy/muddy conditions.
This Week's LRCC 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.
My name is Danielle Plumlee. I grew up in Oregon, nestled between Portland and the coast in the northernmost reaches of the Willamette valley. Looking to expand my horizons, I got my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine. This is my second term serving at the SLA, and I’m looking forward to continue serving and learning throughout the Winter season.
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 LRCC.