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This group is for hikers 50-70+(most of us are 55-65)  who haven't given up on their love of hiking and being in nature despite their age or level of physical conditioning. We hike at a pace 50% slower than the AMC Trailguide book time. Hike ratings: easy,easy/moderate, moderate, advanced moderate,moderate/strenuous, strenuous,very strenuous. On the home page,if you click on the PAGES button there is a hike rating system which explains the wait list.

We start as a group,we hike as a group and we end as a group. If you think you may not be able to keep up with the group, do not carpool. There are three other hiking Meetup groups if you want a faster pace or more challenging hikes (The New England Hiking Meetup, 4 Seasons Hiking Group, New England Over 40 Hiking Group). The hiking Meetup group, (Fellowship Of The Tortoise) does easier,slower paced hikes than  this group.  Our goal is to stay fit while enjoying the camaraderie of hikers who have similar skills and goals. If you click on the PAGES button on the home page,there is a Summer Hiking Gear List. This is a dog free hiking group. Everybody must join the group and have a picture up to be on a hike.

Trailhead: Take NH16 north about 5 miles beyond the intersection of NH113 (Chocorua). The trailhead is located off Route 16. The Davies General Store (now closed) is a highly visible yellow building with a prominent sign. From a southern approach it's on the left hand side of Route 16. Take the gravel road immediately after, follow it for ~100 yards & bear right to the parking lot. There's a $3 fee to park unless you have a White Mountain National Forest pass.

This is a VERY STRENUOUS LOOP HIKE. The "wait list" rules will be in effect to insure a safe & enjoyable experience. We will hike the Piper Trail to the Nickerson Ledge Trail to the Carter Ledge Trail to the Middle Sister trail & to the summit via the Piper Trail. We will return via the Piper Trail. There are great views from the ledges as well as from the summits of the Three Sisters & Chocorua (3,475'). There is some moderate (fun) rock scrambling. 9.2 miles round trip, 2,851' elevation gain, AMC book time 6 hours; 10 hours estimated time for our group. It will be a full day; plan accordingly----Marc & Tom----

Disclaimer: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Linwood D.

    Excellent set of trails--thanks Marc! All the particulars of the bush I "violated" are here: It is often called mountain ash. Awesome photos!

    October 1, 2013

    • Tabor B.

      Lin, your comment now has got me wondering what the large clump of trees at the end of the parking lot really were. At the end of the hike, I very confidently said to the group that they were staghorn sumacs, not mountain ash. But they were the tallest sumacs I'd ever seen, if they were. It turns out two authoritative sources online have the height of the staghorn sumac at only 10 to 15 feet. But then the 3rd (U. of Maine Coop. Ext.) has it at "35 to 50 feet". Big difference!!! I lean toward trusting U. Maine being right. I'm sure I've seen them bigger than 15 feet before. There are many other differences between the two species but I was so tired I blurted out that I know they are sumacs without really checking them in more detail.

      October 2, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    Couldn't ask for a better day with great group people to spend the day with. Awesome hike.

    September 30, 2013

  • Tabor B.

    What!!, there were views, Megan?? Gees, all that work hiking, you could have at least pointed them out to me!!!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Megan C

    Well, the weather was just OK and the views mediocre but I guess I'll hike with you guys again... ;-)

    September 29, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Great day, good hike, great people! Thanks Marc I had a wonderful time.

    September 28, 2013

  • Janet G

    An absolutely gorgeous day out! Thanks so much, Marc. I loved this route.

    September 28, 2013

  • Anne

    Doesn't look like anyone is moving up so I will make other plans! Have fun!

    September 27, 2013

  • cpmeet

    BTW, anyone ever use a Delorme inReach SE? Neatest toy I've ever seen. It sends and receives email via the Iridium satellite global network (so you have coverage on the entire planet). Here's me hiking around the plant at work:

    September 26, 2013

    • Megan C

      You'll have to give a demo on the trail!

      September 27, 2013

  • Dave W

    Anyone in the Merrimack valley area of MA interested in carpooling?
    I live in Westford and will be driving up 495 to 95 and can pick anyone up along the way.

    September 26, 2013

  • cpmeet

    So, is this a three sisters hike without Chocorua? It is unclear from the description, as both walk-abouts end on the Piper trail. (IMHO, if you are up on the ridge, why wimp out if Chocorua is only 0.6 miles further?)

    September 26, 2013

  • cpmeet

    What two questions? What have I climbed recently? Monadnock (2x via white dot), Washington (via jewel), Little Haystack -> Lincoln -> Lafayette. How's my pace? I do about what you advertise - Washington took about 10 hours, but is 500 feet less.

    September 17, 2013

    • Janet G

      As far as I understand, if you sign in from a phone, the questions don't show. You have to go to a computer to answer them. Then again, techie I ain't!

      September 23, 2013

    • cpmeet

      I saw no questions. Perhaps it's my Firefox browser. My curiosity is up now. What are the questions?

      September 26, 2013

  • Jim L.

    Unfortunately, my plans had to change for this weekend and I will not be able to hike Chocorua. Hope that my change in plans allows someone one the wait list to go!

    September 24, 2013

  • Roberta D.

    I so wish I could go to this...I have a wedding to go to, I would rather be on Chocorua!

    September 22, 2013

  • Laura B

    Sorry, change of plans, I am co-leading a hike to Mt. Liberty.
    Have a great time.

    September 16, 2013

  • Clarice

    Just realized this is my son's Homecoming weekend. Have fun!

    September 15, 2013

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