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 www.hikesafe.com; 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.