Hi everyone, just wanted to update you on the conditions.... the warm temps yesterday made what little snow we had slushy and with the Winter Fest and many people walking on the trails some spots are a little muddy also. Since we are expecting much colder temps today, tonight and tomorrow... all that slush is going to turn to ice... Microspikes or some type of traction device will be necessary, just having winter boots or hiking boots will not be enough. We are also getting a snow squall here in Grafton as I am writing this... These conditions will also make the trip slower.... PLEASE be dressed appropriately... no cotton (jeans, sweat pants, etc), dress in layers, and bring extra clothing for your day pack, especially mittens, socks and hand and toe warmers... Also, lunch and extra snacks along with plenty of water for the day.
This hike WILL take us longer than the estimated time stated below.
The expected high tomorrow is 21 degrees with some snow. This hike is much longer than our usual hike. If you feel you are not physically fit to walk the distance in snow and ice, please change your RSVP to NO to allow those that are on the waiting list a chance to attend.
If you have any questions please email me.
We will hike or snowshoe depending on conditions. I will let you know closer to the date what they are like.
If we hike, we will start at the Mill Pond Parking lot... hike Spruce Bog trail until it intersects the new Beech Nut Trail... take the new trail, this is in and out.... take a break at the White Lily Pond trailhead. Return via Beech Nut to Spruce Bog then to the Fire Tower Road... take a left and follow that to North Long Pond Road and return to the parking lot via the Nimo Trail or the road depending on conditions. Once we get to the Mill Pond Trail we will finish our hike back to the parking lot.
I am rating this hike as moderate due to the distance. Total miles will be 6.5 but it is relatively flat (only a few small hills). This hike should take us about 3 to 3 1/2 hours at a hike rate of 2 mph to complete. Bring your lunch, plenty of water and snacks.
Waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
Now if we are lucky enough to get to snowshoe the trail we will be following will be..... Spruce Bog to Spruce Ridge then back onto Spruce Bog, we will be taking a left and heading back towards the connector trail... then to North Long Pond Road to Mill Pond Trail then to the parking lot.
This outing will still be about 3 to 3 1/2 hours long.... the mileage will be approximately 3.5 miles at a rate of 1 mile per hour. I am rating this snowshoe as moderate due to the distance on snowshoes. Bring a lunch .... at the intersection of Spruce Bog and Spruce Ridge on the north side we will stop and take a break.
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
- please be dressed for the weather (layers)
- wear appropriate hiking/snowshoe footwear
- microspikes are recommended if there is no snow but frozen ground.... there will be places that are icy
- snowshoes if weather conditions are favorable
- please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need
- bring your camera or binoculars if you have them
We will be leaving promptly at 10:00 AM... please give yourself enough time to get there.
If you change your mind and decide not to attend, please change your RSVP to NO, so people on the wait list have the opportunity to attend.
Directions to the parking area: Take Route 2 East to the Grafton Lakes State Park Winter Entrance (North Long Pond Road). Mill Pond parking lot is the first right past the winter entrance to the park. If you start to go around Mill Pond you have gone too far. If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text. There is good cell coverage in this area of the park. Look for my red Jeep Grand Cherokee.