Location: Meet at the Brooks Fisher Trail trailhead. Click here for a Google Map that will get you close to the trailhead. Take I-93 to Exit 24 (Ashland). Turn right onto Route 3/Route 25. In Ashland, bear left at the Y, continuing south on 3/25. Turn left onto Route 175 and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Hardhack Road. Go about 75 yards and take a right onto Perch Pond Road. Go a little over 2 miles and the trailhead is on the right.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
This Week's Program:
Join us for a guided hike on the 11th of December, where Lakes Region Conservation Corps member, Nick Langlois, will lead participants along the Brooks Fisher trail up to the summit of Mt. Webster. This fairly new trail starts from Perch Pond Rd and dives into the forest, winding amidst cellar holes, stone walls, and former pasture land - features characteristic of the rich history that New Hampshire holds. A series of switchbacks takes hikers up the steep western side of the Squam Range, offering outlooks of Mt. Prospect and Mt. Cardigan along the way. After 1.3 miles, the Brooks Fisher trail connects to the Crawford-Ridgepole trail, where we will continue for 1.5 miles up to the summit of Mt. Webster. Hikers traveling along this quiet section of the range walk among the wintry evergreens and hardwoods, enjoying brief peeks of the Lakes Region through the ups and downs of the ridgeline. This hike promises to be a wonderful winter journey for all ages through a seldom-seen section of the Squam Range.
Parking is located on Perch Pond Rd, about 3 miles west of US Route 175. Meeting and preparations will start at 8:45-9:00 am, and we will depart at 9:15 am. In total, we will hike for approximately 5.6 miles over moderate terrain. This excursion will take roughly 6 hours to complete, depending on weather conditions and the number of people attending.
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 Guides:
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!
Hello! My name is Grace Callahan and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 where I studied ecology and earth sciences. Flipping logs to find slugs, centipedes, and salamanders in the woods behind my house was an important part of growing up for me. I’m passionate about helping people explore and connect with their backyards like I was fortunate enough to do, and this means protecting natural backyard spaces! I hope to work to preserve clean rivers, lakes, and forests for generations to come. I grew up visiting Squam and Winnipesaukee during summer vacations with my family and I’m so excited to live here for a year! I love learning new things and right now I’m trying to teach myself more butterfly/moth ID, how to sew simple stuffed animals and clothes, and how to make good rice.
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.