Location: Meet at the Cotton Mountain Trailhead off of Route 113, Holderness, NH
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
The Cotton Mountain Trail is quite steep, however, the views of the Squam area at the top of Cotton Mountain are worth the effort. Additionally, the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail is a low intensity hike, descending slightly and then rising again, to the top of Mt. Livermore with even better views! This hike is roughly 4 miles long (Cotton Mountain Trail .6 miles and Crawford-Ridgepole Trail 1.3 miles) round trip and involves hiking through beautiful hemlock and pine forests. We will be meeting at the Cotton Mountain Trailhead at 9:00 AM and will be returning back by 1:00 PM.
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. As a Squam Rangers hike, this program is aimed at hikers who are interested in completing all of trails in the Squam Lakes network. However, 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 Lake 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 appropriate clothing, water, food, and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. 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 is for all ages, but is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy, snowy or rainy weather!
This Week's LRCC Guides:
It’s me, Stevie Raymond! I grew up in Claremont, New Hampshire where my passion for the environment first began with hikes up to the peak of Mount Ascutney. Since then, I’ve graduated from The University of Vermont with a B.A. in environmental studies and wildlife biology. My education led me to the Squam Lakes Association internship in 2016 and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.
Hello, my name is John! I grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a business degree. For a few years I stayed in my area of study, working as a technology project manager for a large insurance company. After not much time in this setting I knew I needed to seek out a more exciting and personal experience, so I left my cubicle to head back to my roots and head out to the woods. In 2015, I hiked Vermont's Long Trail and in 2017 I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Through these experiences I realized from then on I wanted to work for the land. Last year I worked as a solo backcountry caretaker for the Green Mountain Club. I love hiking, backpacking, skiing and drawing.
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.