Location: Meet at the Butterworth Trailhead on Metcalf Road off of Route 113. Click here for a google map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Rise and shine! Join the SLA bright and early for a sunrise hike to the East Rattlesnake viewpoint, accessed via the Butterworth Trail. This program is open to anyone 12 and up who is comfortable hiking a total of 1.6 miles (keeping in mind half of that will be in the dark!). There will be an elevation gain of 695 feet over 0.8 miles to get to the East Rattlesnake summit at 1297’. Participants will meet at the Butterworth Trail trailhead off of Metcalf Road (0.5 miles from NH - 113) before beginning the hike. We will wait for the sunrise to break over the horizon at the viewpoint, overlooking Squam and Winnipesaukee in the distance (projected for 7:13 am). Plenty of warm layers, water, your favorite warm beverage, and snacks are recommended. We will then head back to the parking area via Butterworth Trail.
What to Bring: Participants should bring a headlamp, 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, and plenty of water (maybe a thermos of your favorite warm drink). The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants should they be necessary. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: Ages 12 and up, anyone comfortable doing a 1.6 mile hike with varying steepness (0.8 miles will be hiked in darkness, must be comfortable with this). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
This Week's Guide:
Hi, my name is Danielle Plumlee! 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.