The hike is still scheduled for Saturday May 17th but the start time is now 10:30am.
The forecast has improved during the last 24 hours. The heavy rain is expected to end before the hike starts but a couple of showers are still expected while we are hiking.
Bring waterproof jacket and prepare for wet slippery conditions on the trail.
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.
Driving directions: Mead Base Camp parking lot is located 2.8 miles from the five-way intersection in Center Sandwich. If coming from I-93 take Exit 24 at Ashland and follow Route 3 /25 to Holderness. There turn left on to Route 113 and follow it to Center Sandwich. Once in the village make a sharp left on to Grove St. At .3 miles bear left on to Diamond Ledge Road. At 2.4 miles Sandwich Notch Road bears to the left. You will bear right to the Mead Base Camp. There is a large parking lot. Signs to Mead Camp are generally well marked.
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Google Map to Mead Base Camp from I93
If coming from the South or East take 109 from Moultonborough to Center Sandwich and go through the village. At the intersection take Grove and follow above directions.
We'll meet at 10AM at the Mead Base Camp for the 2.1 mile moderate hike to the summit of Mt Israel (2,630') via the Wentworth Trail. The ledgy summit of Mt Israel offers views to the North and East of the Sandwich range, as well as limited views to Lakes Squam and Winnipesaukee. The trail ascends through woodlands criss crossed by stone walls and hints of past settlement. This was once farmland, now reclaimed by the forest. 4.2 miles round trip, 1,700' elevation gain, AMC book time 2 hours 55 minutes, 5 hours estimated time for our group.
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.