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Backpacking: Webster Slide (2d-1N) Beginner Level 1, Replay

  • Sep 14, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Beginner Backpacking & Star Gazing (2d-1n) Sept 14 and 15

Webster Slide Area on the AT

The trip two weeks ago was so successful, we will do it again for those who may have missed it, including me.

 Backpacking: 2 Days & 1 night.

This trip for the beginners, will have less then 4 Miles of Back Packing for first timers each day.

Beginners we can help you on packing for your first experiences. Just ask me and I will help guide you for a enjoyable experience, as best I can.


The Plan:

Meet at Hatch Plaza and pack into a few of the cars. 

Shuttle: Drive up to the trail head (Wachipauka Pond Trail) off route 25 in Oliverian Notch.

Leave enough cars to get all the drivers car's back from 25C trail head, (The trail head we are entering on Wachipauka Pond Trail) to the main group at trail end point.

Continue from the dropped cars to the 25C trail head and unload. We start at the AT on 25C & Mt Mist. Hike into Wachipauka Pond and swim and play.

Clean up and start the hike up the hill to the summit. First stopping at the spring (Hairy Spring) load up with water and head up the Webster Slide Mtn Trail to the summit (45min - 1hour climb) set up sleeping spaces. Watch the sun disappear for the night. Watch the stars from atop the cliff and look for shooting stars. Hit the sack.

Cause we are facing east. Get up before sunrise and see the morning glow & sunrise. Roll back to bed for a hour or two of sleep and then make breakfast, pack-up and hoof out to the AT junction point.

Backpack to the cars on route 25 still continuing on Wachipauka Pond Trail & the AT (2.6miles).

Arrive at the car's.

“Beginner Backpacking Trip”. Short in miles and elevation gain.. Good one to start getting in shape for the fall season of back country trips.


Pet’s:Limited space only! With permission from the Organizer.

Your dog should have responsible human along on the trip. They should understand the physical demands of the hike and have experience and be fit enough to follow. They should also know trail regulations for that hike. It is not the organizers responsibility. Have good etiquette while on the trail.  Have a leash for when you feel frisky. Have some First aid preparedness in case you slip and fall, or try to play with that porcupine again.  Have the food and water available for carbohydrate loading when needed. Provide you some sleeping shelter & blanket to keep you warm and insulated from the ground. Maybe even some doggy clothing like jacket or booties for those cold hikes.

If your owner doesn’t want to carry you gear cause they are lazy don’t let them make you carry more than 25% of your body weight.. it’s not fair..! Remember your toy cause the days are long and the nights can be longer. Remember the sofa is a pretty safe and warm place too.



Using AMC map #4  Webster Slide Mtn just south of Mt Moosilauke. We have the option on some folks staying near the lake and some on top of the summit. There is a 45 minute hike between the two places. Awesome you will love it.

Day #1

We will hike in from 25c over Mt Mist (2.3 miles) and south (.01 miles) to the lake. We'll spend the day hanging there and if its warm enough, get some swimming in the super clean water. Water shoes are more comfortable for feet in the muck.

Just after dinner time we can load up with water at the spring there and head up onto the summit of Webster Slide Mountain. (.07 miles ) Great place for the night and the gazing. Bivy will be out in the open space next to the cliff. There is room for two tents in the woods (I won't take up one.) That's why I'm keeping the numbers down. Its a sweet spot..


Eat breakfast, Pack-up and head back to the trail junction with the AT and Wachipauka Pond Trail. Head north towards route 25 past the pond and back to the cars.


Hopefully we are past bug season, but you never know. You must have the basic backpacking equipment. If you need to borrow something, let us know and we will try to help.


Provide your own meals: lunch, dinner, breakfast and a second day lunch.

I recommend a comment on the threads below your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..

Look to the gear list listed at our group page.

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Click  "Gear List – Summer Backpacking

About your Organizer: I am new to this meetup group which I joined in search of folks interested in easy backpacking trips. I previously led in another meetup group and have extensive backpacking experience over the past decades throughout the White Mountains as well as across the US and Canada. 

Now is a good time to relax and enjoy the views. So it will be a moderate pace.

Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Map # 4

Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.

Also: Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.

Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…

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  • Spencer L.

    Fantastic trip. Fairly short hike in, great views, fine food, a fireworks show in the valley, nice sunrise with cloud filled valleys below and a sunny warm leisurely Sunday morning stroll out. The only hardship was starting a camp fire with wet wood.
    I hope some of you will join me on another trip this fall. If you like treating your self luxuriously while you're "roughing it" you may like my style. See the pictures for some examples of my idea of backpacking meals and sleeping in comfort.

    September 16, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Pretty nice beginner place. Found it many years ago and go back regularly with new to backpacking friends. 2 weeks is the min time that I can fill a Meetup usually as I said on the phone... But I know you will find many in the future. Posting Columbus day weekend this week.. If you would like to attend let me know in a email.. Cheers..

      September 17, 2013

  • Ferenc G.

    To follow up on Jay's message. This is a great beginner hike. I attended this very same hike a couple of weeks ago, the views are truly spectacular, the hike is very doable (and I am not a power hiker), and very good opportunity to learn/practice those outdoor skills. Unfortunately, I have some volunteering duties this weekend, otherwise wouldn't hesitate a minute to redo this hike.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Tia

    would love to go if some other slow people sign up. I'll check back ~

    September 10, 2013

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