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Peter Hope, Outings Chair

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Some past Outings include:

On Sunday October 22 Hope Forest 10 of us explored  the Hope Forest in Danbury(NH), an  attractive wooded hill, which my family gave to the Forest Society. We followed dirt and woods roads, and did a steep off-trail climb between 2 sets of woods roads. We did venture too far north, climbing Moulton Hill, but were able to correct course by descending a skid road. We finished the hike by visiting waterfalls at a former mill site, now a swimming hole.

Peter Hope

photos by Duncan Love

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On Sunday October 8 there were few signups for the planned hike to Cockermouth Forest in Groton(NH). But 2 of us, both experienced hikers, decided to go anyway. We hoped the rains would abate, but they were still upon us when we arrived at the parking area. We had originally planned a loop over Mt. Crosby and Bald Knob, but we went to Plan B – a hike to Little Pond instead. We thought that the rocks on the summits would be too slick, and that there would be no views. We were pleasantly surprised at what a great destination Little Pond was. We climbed gently to an attractive spruce forest, then continued to a ledge just above the lovely pond, which is clearly gradually filling in to become a bog. And just as we arrived there the rain stopped, succeeded by warm sun! Altogether, it was a good trip. On the way home we stopped briefly at Sculptured Rocks in Hebron, where spectacular potholes were carved out by water eons ago – much more spectacular than more familiar ones such as at the Basin in Franconia Notch.

On Sunday September 10 three of us greatly enjoyed a loop hike over Mt. Pemigewasset in Lincoln(NH), just south of Franconia Notch. We climbed from a hiker parking lot up the Indian Head Trail, to the open summit ledges with great views south and west (and more limited ones in other directions). After lunch we descended to the bike path near the Flume, then followed old roads south past the Indian Head Resort. We only had a very short walk along US-3 back to our cars.And we hiked at guidebook time – not bad for 3 seniors!

On Sunday 27 August 6 of us did a  morning hike in Huntington Hill / Slade Brook area, Hanover(NH)., through attractive woods, fields, and along a lovely brook nestled in a gorge. Recent logging resulted in a few detours, but we all had a great morning!

On Tuesday 15 August 7 of us explored a very attractive  5k multiuse trail system designed by John Morton, located on a lovely wooded hillside in Taftsville(VT).

On Sunday 30 July we enjoyed an  afternoon hike at Cook Preserve, New London(NH). Highlights included ttractive woods, views, interesting rock formations. 3-4 miles, with a few hundred feet elevation gain.

On July 4 six of us enjoyed a climb of Black Mt. in Dummerston(VT). The attractive loop is again open, since a recent land purchase by the nature Conservancy. Highlights of the trip were a beaver pond, a lovely small waterfall, a snake, Beautiful Mountain Laurel and (limited) views from the summit ridge.

On June  of us  climb Mt. Monadnock(3159′), Jaffrey(NH). We hiked a loop from the State Park, up to Cliff Walk and over Bald Rock on (and a little off) trails, then avoiding the summit crowds we explored open Pumpelly Ridge, with great views.

On June 8 of us explored Brookside Park, Grantham(NH), on easy trails through attractive woods and along a lovely brook.

On May 28 five of us enjoyed a loop climb of Wright’s Mt., Bradford(VT), much on newer trails. . we explored  Devil’s Den, an interesting and sporty rock cave and climbed to the Lookout with good views. All was great but for the blackflies!

On Sunday April 30 four of us had a pleasant 4 mile walk in Moody Park in Claremont(NH). It was shorter than we had planned, as some trails were closed due presumably to persistent muddy conditions. The weather was a bit damp, yet we still enjoyed good views of Mt. Ascutney. And after the hike the weather worsened to a downpour, so it was good we finished early!

On Tuesday April 18 seven of us walked at Hanover’s Pine Knoll Cemetery to a viewpoint above Mink Brook. After a little difficulty in finding the (unmarked trailhead) we then explored lovely South Esker, with its evergreen forest and Connecticut River views.

On Tuesday March 28 2 of us snowshoed on historic Pease Road in the Trescott Lands in Hanover(NH), from Trescott Road to Dogford Road and back.

On Monday January 16 nine of us enjoyed a hike in North Grantham, NHwe used traction, as there was more ice than snow underfoot. We climbed to Old Croydon Turnpike, walked north past attractive Chase Pond, and then climbed Little Mt. Washington, with god views from ledges. That was a great lunch spot, with bare rock and sunny skies. We descended past Leavitt Pond to old Route 10. The hike was 5.7 miles in length, with 900 feet elevation gain.

 

On Saturday October 15 we helped with the Peak to Peak Celebration, Woodstock(VT), part of NPS-100. There was a 10 am morning climb of Mt. Tom led by Denis Rydjeski, and a 1 pm afternoon climb of Mt. Tom, led by Peter Hope, both Sierra Club leaders. There also were climbs of Mt. Peg, as well as a more ambitious climb of both peaks. It was great to be a partner with the Park Service for this event!

 

On September 25 two of us hiked a northern section of the Long Trail, first climbing the attractive Frank Post Trail to Tillotson Camp, where we snacked while enjoying the view. We then went north on the Long Trail, over Tillotson Peak and Haystack Mt. to Hazen’s Notch. We lunched at the lovely pond between the two. The views from the outlooks om Haystack were excellent. I cannot say the same for the trail conditions on this section of the LT. There were two very steep descents on the north sides of the two mountains. Unfortunately these were extremely eroded in many places, which haled to the creation of multiple herd paths (and often necessary to avoid slippery and muddy steep slopes). As a result, he trip took much longer than expected (even at my fairly slow  pace). I am not planning to revisit this part of the Long Trail!                                                                                                                                                       Peter Hope

On September 6 four of us braved the sporty Precipice Trail, in Marsh-Billings-Rockeller National Historic Park, Vermont’s only National Park.. We climbed from the Mansion up this fairly steep and somewhat rough route, with exposure that is protected by a cable, to the Mt.Tom South Peak carriage road turn around, with its spectacular views.                                                                                                                                                   Peter Hope

As of our celebration of NPS-100, on August 31 thirteen of us enjoyed a combined GMC- Sierra Club outing to New Hampshire’s only National Park, in Cornish(NH). We explored the attractive trails (which do need some maintenance), admiring the wetlands, the old stone bridge and Blow Me Down Mill. And afterwards we had time to admire the great art, especially the new Standing Lincoln, the original of which is in Chicago.                                                      Peter Hope

On July 27 6 of us hiked on Trescott Lands and Oak Hill, Hanover(NH), from Trescott Road to Storrs Pond area. 3-4 miles, with a few hills, mainly down.                                                             Peter Hope

On Sunday April 24 3 of us  Climbed Athens Dome East(1250′) from Cambridgeport(VT). We went up and over a ridge to a lovely picnic spot beside a stream, then up past Creature Rock, an interesting erratic, to am outlook. Part of the return was a loop along a brook. 3.5 miles, with ~1150′ total elevation gain, including steep sections.                                                                         Peter Hope

On Tuesday April 19, to kick off the celebration of the Centenary of the National Park Service, 5 of us climbed from the conserved King Farm in Woodstock(VT), a possible future addition to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Loop hike to viewpoint, and then descended on the more direct Poet’s Trail ~3 miles, with a few hundred feet elevation gain.                            Peter Hope

On Monday February 15  Peter Hope led a very successful Outing on the newly opened Trescott Lands in Etna, NH. We hiked as loop trip from Dogford Road, passing historic sites on old Wolfeboro Road as well as viewpoints on the hills above the reservoirs. A great time was had by all!                                                                                                         Peter Hope

See map: Trescott Lands – Map

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Last year on Sunday October 4 we participated in an enjoyable and informative Outing to the proposed Jim Jeffords State Forest in Shrewsbury, VT. For details, go to the About Us page om this website. We are happy that this special land is now indeed a State Forest!

Stay tuned for more Outings!

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Outings Leader Peter Hope publishes a weekly listing of many trips in northern New England, in addition to Sierra Club Outings. If you’d like to be on his mailing list, contact him at phope@worldpath.net.