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/Winter 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 I-93 north to exit 20, make a left onto US-3 north towards Laconia, stay with US-3 on the Laconia/Gilford Bypass, take the exit for Gilford Avenue (NH11A), make a right at the bottom of the exit ramp. In Gilford make a right onto Belknap Mountain Road for about 3 miles (ignore the signs for Carriage Road and Belknap Mountain). When coming to a tee in the road, make a left and stay with Belknap Mountain Road. Head up the road all the way to the trailhead which is at the paved parking circle. We will hike to the summit of Whiteface Mountain (1,660'), some people could return to the cars for a hike of 3 miles round trip, 620' elevation gain, of about 3 hours, the rest can go on to summit Piper Mountain (2,044'), for a total of 5 mile round trip, 1140' elevation gain, 5 hour estimated time. Views of the Belknap Mountain Range on both summits.----Marc----
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.