Star Trek: A Guided Night Hike to West Rattlesnake

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Meet at the West Rattlesnake Trailhead on 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:

Would you like to see the stars from a wintry mountain summit? Join the Squam Lakes Association for a hike up Old Bridle Path and some informal stargazing atop West Rattlesnake! Lakes Region Conservation Corps members Micaela Wells and Elijah Schumacher will lead a group to the Squam Lake overlook for an evening of constellation-hunting.

We will meet at the Old Bridle Path trailhead at 6pm and head up as a group. Once at the summit, we’ll set up camp and see what we can see! This program is open to all ages capable of hiking a gradual 0.9-mile slope in wintry conditions, but twelve-and-up is recommended since we’ll be spending plenty of time out in the cold. 


What to Bring: Participants should come prepared for night hiking in winter conditions; bring a headlamp or flashlight, wear lots of warm, dry layers, and be prepared to use micro-spikes or snowshoes as needed (SLA is able to provide snowshoes for up to six participants). Optional items include blankets, binoculars, scopes, snacks, and your favorite hot drink. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.

Audience: This program is open to all ages capable of hiking a gradual 0.9-mile slope in wintry conditions, but twelve-and-up is recommended since we’ll be spending plenty of time out in the cold.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's Guide: 

Hi, I’m Micaela Wells! I earned my B.S. in Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and then left my childhood woodlands behind to pursue fame and fortune with AmeriCorps here on the East Coast. You can generally identify me in the wild by my bared feet and twig-strewn hair (often even in the winter), despite my mother's best attempts to make a lady out of me. I enjoy any form of outdoor adventure, and never grow tired of learning about the natural world.

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. 

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.


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