GPS Coordinates: (Latitude, Longitude): 44.33278, -71.21944, White Mountain, NH
Back Country & Nordic Ski: (Easy - Moderate) Hayes Copp Cross-Country Ski Trail
I am posting this meet up to take place both on 12/24 and 12/31.
Plenty of snow in the backwoods of the Whites. Best of all no trail fees! If you have not done it before this will be a great introduction to back country skiing in the Whites.
The ski trail winds through 8 miles of forest from the campground to the border of the Great Gulf Wilderness. There is a variety of terrain to explore, and several areas where the forest opens up to reveal beautiful views of the White Mountains. I have skied this trail and it’s beautiful, especially after a fresh snow fall. The eight miles should take about three to four hours at most. We can stop for lunch along the way.
The trail is not groomed but is “tracked” by other skiers. I use a 68 (front width) / 59 (middle width) and 64 mm (back width) off track BC (back country ski). The normal width for a tracked, groomed trail ski is 52/47/50. So the BC ski is wider in all areas. Given this trail and the fact it should be broken out you could get by with a track ski if that is what you have.
Much of the Hayes Copp Cross-Country Ski Trail is on logging roads, a beginner’s delight. We will follow the 8.0-mile network that borders the Great Gulf Wilderness, The east side of the loop, including Leavitt’s Link, is largely flat and inviting. Then it heads away from the hibernating Dolly Copp Campground and into the woods to climb oh-so-gently on the Great Gulf Link with an occasional herringbone along the Peabody River. This section is quiet and peaceful, and the river’s frozen waters are a pleasure to the eye. Surface quality: Ungroomed, skier tracked.
In the event we get a “thaw” prior to the event and snow cover is limited I will contact you. I did the loop today (12/18) and conditions were excellent.
Read more at Trails.com: Hayes Copp Ski Trail / Leavitt's Link | Gorham New Hampshire Cross Country Ski Trails | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailId=SGN016-025#ixzz2nrVnlGho
If anyone is interested I have two spare guest rooms plus a sofa and “floor space” for air mattress and sleeping bags. You are welcome to stay here the night prior to and post ski trek.
Directions: The trailhead is located in Dolly Copp Campground. From Gorham NH travel south 6 miles on NH Route 16. Turn right onto Dolly Copp Road, travel 1/2 mile to campground.