Squam Rangers

Squam Rangers & Squam Rangers Family

The original Squam Rangers program began in 2012 as a way to encourage those interested to “Hike the Trails”; all while supporting the maintenance and building of SLA trails! As of 2021, there are over 220 Squam Rangers and 50 hikers have completed all 50 miles. 

Many assume that SLA’s focus is on the lakes, but our mission also encompasses the entire watershed surrounding the lakes. For the past 84 years the SLA has maintained a 50+ mile network of hiking trails in the Squam Watershed and is one of the prides of the Association. With over 30,000 annual hikers on West Rattlesnakes’ Old Bridle Path alone, maintenance is a daunting task. The SLA performs over 2,000 hours of trail construction and maintenance each year with the help of our Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) members, professional trail crews, and volunteer Trail Adopters. Your $50 initiation fee will help offset our cost of maintaining the trails.

The trails are located on the Squam Range and its surrounding mountains, providing spectacular views of Squam Lake and its entire watershed. Each Squam Ranger program has organized the trails in a Trail Log to promote ease in completing your journey through our trails. There are hikes of varying lengths and challenges. Many treks are child friendly (and dog friendly!) and we encourage you to make these hikes a family adventure. By joining either of the Squam Rangers programs, you receive a T-shirt, backpack, Squam Trail Guide, and Trail Log; upon completion of hiking all listed trails you will receive a Squam Ranger or Squam Rangers Family baseball cap,  patch, and Completion Certificate.

 

 

 

Squam Rangers

26 Trails * 50 Miles

Become a Squam Ranger by taking up the challenge of hiking 50 miles of SLA trails! These trails are of varying lengths and challenges—ranging from relatively flat and easy to our most strenuous and steep hikes. This is perfect for those who are looking for a challenge and want to explore the majority of our trails. Many of these hikes are still family & dog friendly and we encourage you to make them a family or group adventure.  

$50 for an adult, $90 for a couple and $30 for those under 16 years old.

Register for Squam Rangers here.

Hikes in the Squam Rangers program: Cotton Mountain Trail, Prescott Trail, Old Highway, Old Mountain Road, Mount Morgan Trail, Mount Percival Trail, Morse Trail, Old Bridle Path, Undercut Trail, Ramsey Trail, Pasture Trail, Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, East Rattlesnake Trail, Five Finger Point Trail, Col Trail, Butterworth Trail, Doublehead Trail, Algonquin Trail, Black Mountain Pond Trail, Mead Trail, Wentworth Trail, Crawford Ridge Trail (Cotton Mountain to Sandwich Notch Road), Eagle Cliff Trail, Teedie Trail, Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, Belknap Woods

Squam Rangers Family

25 Trails * 44 Miles

Nine years after the creation of our original program (and a few new trails later) we're excited to create Squam Rangers Family—an update to Squam Rangers that includes new SLA trails and omits our most challenging hikes. This program is perfect for families, beginners, those who hike with their dogs, and anyone who wants to explore our diverse trail system. These hikes are still of varying lengths and challenges, but all are kid friendly (and dog friendly!) and we encourage you to make these hikes a family adventure. 

$50 for an adult, $90 for a couple and $30 for those under 16 years old.

Register for Squam Rangers Family here

Hikes in the Squam Rangers Family program: Cotton Mountain Trail, Prescott Trail, Old Highway, Old Mountain Road, Crawford Ridgepole Trail (Cotton Mountain to Doublehead Mountain peak), Brooks Fisher Trail, Mount Morgan Trail, Mount Percival Trail, Morse Trail, Old Bridle Path, Undercut Trail, Ramsey Trail, Pasture Trail, East Rattlesnake Trail, Five Finger Point Trail, Col Trail, Rattlesnake Ridge Trail, Butterworth Trail, Doublehead Trail, Wentworth Trail, Eagle Cliff Trail, Teedie Trail, Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, Belknap Woods, Whitten Woods.

Hike the Trails - have FUN!  We look forward to celebrating the completion of your journey and hope that you will share your experience with others and encourage them to become Squam Rangers themselves.

Both Squam Rangers and The Squam Rangers Family programs costs $50 for an adult, $90 for a couple and $30 for someone under 16 years old.