Location: Meet at the Cotton Mountain Trailhead off of Route 113, Holderness, NH. Approximately 1.1 miles from US-3 in Holderness.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Feeling stuck inside as these snowy winter days past? Have you been spending your lunch break watching the world through the window? Been wishing for a trek up a moderate mountain in cheery good company? Well, fret no more! Get moving and join SLA for a lunchtime hike up Cotton Mountain for some views of Squam! Elijah and Nick of the Lake Region Conservation Corps will lead the excursion as we tackle this short but brisk hike in the Sandwich range and get a moderate midday workout in.
We’ll meet at the Cotton Mountain trailhead at 11:30 and head up as a group shortly thereafter. After a snack at the summit and some lake watching we’ll head back and have you on your way by around one, invigorated and refreshed and primed to skip that three o’ clock energy slump. Be sure to bring layered clothing, good hiking boots, and micro-spikes if you have them.
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: Everyone capable of hiking steep trail in wet, snowy, icy conditions. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guides:
I’m Elijah, a native of the Green Mountain State next door, where I spent my childhood jumping off of rocks and climbing the tallest trees I could find. After wanderings in Iowa, Hawai’i and Oregon, I’m excited to again be surrounded by snow and granite and to have the privilege of sharing the mystery and wonder of the outdoors with folks here in New Hampshire. I’m a fan of snowboarding, kayaking, interpreting the stories of nature, and finding the artistic side of everyday life.
Hi my name is Nick Langlois, and I’m from Marysville Ohio. Last spring I graduated from Otterbein University, and shortly thereafter joined the Lakes Region Conservation Corps to get my boots muddy in New Hampshire forests. This past summer I served with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, exposing me to the intricacies of trail maintenance and the best parts of land management. My time in school and the outdoors has fueled my passion for conservation and cool insects, I am super excited to join SLA for the season. Cooking, reading, climbing and hiking are my favorite hobbies!
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.