Location: Meeting at the SLA (534 U.S. Route 3, Holderness) prior to carpooling the the Teedie Trail trailhead. Click here for a google map to the SLA.
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 on Wednesday, December 4th for a hike (possibly snowshoe) up to the Red Hill historic fire tower summit via the Teedie and Eagle Cliff trails. Our hike, which will be a little over 4 miles, will begin at Teedie Trail trailhead (located on a gravel driveway, next to a private tennis court on Bean Road, at the Sandwich and Moultonborough town line). Participants will meet the at the SLA headquarters at 9am and carpool to the trailhead. We’ll start up Teedie Trail and continue on to Eagle Cliff Trail when they merge about 0.5 miles in. At that point, we’ll continue up the Eagle Cliff Trail for 1.5 miles until we reach the Red Hill fire tower summit, where we’ll take a break to enjoy the view and eat lunch. After lunch, we will head back to the Teedie Trail trailhead and return to SLA headquarters. We expect to wrap up around 2:00 PM. Hikers should be prepared with cold weather hiking gear (lots of layers and extra socks/shirts/hats/microspikes/etc), as well as water, snacks, and a packed lunch.
This hike occurs on trails that the Squam Lakes Association helps maintain and are part of the list to become a Squam Ranger. Click here to learn more about becoming a Squam Ranger. The land along the Eagle Cliff Trail is owned and stewarded by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. "Tradition holds that Native Americans traversed and hunted on Red Hill’s slopes and summits; historical records show that the Cook family of Massachusetts first settled here in 1788. Under their stewardship, the land was farmed and pastured, and they welcomed visitors who climbed the summit to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in New England. Timothy Dwight, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau were among the many who visited the mountain and praised its view. In their time, the Dane, Hammond, Conley, Merriman, Wiggin, and Linglebach families, and the Trustees of Mt. Holyoke College, have taken care of these lands and assured their protection. Thousands of youngsters have learned to love the mountains and forests of New Hampshire here, and thousands of families return every year for the physical and spiritual renewal that these lands provide. This property has been conserved to ensure that this tradition will continue for future generations." The previous quote is from the Red Hill Trail Map brochure created by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
Click here to learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and find many free trail maps.
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: This hike is for all ages, but is of moderate intensity and may increase in difficulty with any icy or rainy weather! Children should be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guide:
Hi, my name is Danielle Plumlee (picture left)! 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.
My name is Moses and I am from West Virginia. I studied Environmental Science and Biology at Marshall University. While I was there I learned a lot about aquatic ecology and plant ecology. I am interested in identifying wildflowers, fungi, trees, and whatever wildlife I can find (especially salamanders). In my spare time I like to make apple cider, backpack wilderness areas, and fish.
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.