Weekly Hike in Pawtuckaway State Park

  • March 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • Pawtuckaway State Park

**please note: please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend. Anyone showing up without RSVPing will not be allowed to join the meetup/go with us.**

Weekly meet-up to explore the hiking trails of Pawtuckaway State Park. Each week we'll try to get a little further/see a little bit more until we've managed to hike every single trail (or as close as we can come until the snow stops us). **Please Note - no dogs on these hikes.**

We'll be aiming for easy/moderate hikes - no iron rung ladders, no scaling rocks/cliff faces, etc. - of about 4-6 miles, which means we move at moderate-fast pace. Expected duration of hikes is 2-4 hours (my knees aren't the greatest and I'm not an experienced hiker, so we'll be going slow and probably stopping to catch our breath frequently). The terrain may range from flat, dirt roads of relatively even keel to rough, uphill terrain with rocks, exposed roots, mud, puddles, and rocks that require scrambling over (and up). We'll never know what we'll encounter until we hit it, so attendees should have good mobility and a sense of humor and adventure but do not have to be super fit but should be able to walk at about a 20 minute mile for 3-4 hours straight.

Attendees should wear appropriate shoes (hiking boots or sneakers) and should bring plenty of water (2 bottles at least), snacks, bug spray, a first aid kit, and a Pawtuckaway State Park Trail Map (found here: http://www.nhstateparks.org/uploads/pdf/Pawtuckaway-Trail-Map.pdf). You may also want to bring hiking/walking poles, a camera, and/or binoculars. The goal of these hikes is to get outside, enjoy nature, see some beautiful scenery, and to relax/have fun (while challenging ourselves physically). If we see something interesting, we may linger.

We'll meet at the intersection of Reservation Road and Tower Road. At the first intersection - about 0.9 miles after you turn onto Reservation Road from Tandy Road - there's a sign for the Longview School and the road curves sharply to the right; stay right (don't go straight). Reservation Road will become a dirt road at this point. At the next intersection (Reservation Road and Round Pond Road (no sign)), bear right (stay on Reservation Road). At the next intersection, park your car (Reservation Road and Tower Road). You'll know you're in the right place because there's a yellow diamond sign at the intersection with arrows pointing to "Fire Tower" and "Dead End." You'll be parking on the side of the road wherever you can find space - please be sure to pull off the road as much as you can to allow adequate room for other vehicles and try to all park on the same side of the road, again, to leave adequate room for other vehicles that may be continuing down Reservation or Tower Roads. You may not be able to park right at the intersection and may have to go a bit of a ways down the road and walk back.

Disclaimer:

By RSVPing "yes" you and all guests hereby freely and voluntarily release the organizer(s) and host, his/her heirs and assigns, officers, agents, representatives, servants and employees from any and all liability, claims, judgments, demands, costs, causes of action, including damages of any kind for any personal injury, losses or damages, known or unknown, to the member and his or her guests, incurred as a result of participation in this meetup.

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  • Terri B.

    OMG guys, I'm so sorry! I don't know what happened - my alarm didn't go off and I didn't wake up until noon (woke up with a wicked head cold and spent the day in pjs with tea). I can't apologize enough!! I'm happy to hear everyone found the starting point and you all had fun. Again, please accept my apologies and I hope to see you all next week.

    March 24, 2014

  • jpjeep

    great day hiking in the woods! loving the soft snow and sun :)

    March 23, 2014

  • Stephen M

    A great walk today. Terri, Hope you are doing well.

    March 23, 2014

  • Kate

    Terri, you okay? Missed you today!

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great, I'll try to join again

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Kate

    Everyone found starting point. All enjoyed pace. I loved the cookies Galina brought!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Kate

    Ty to be at the sign to the school by 9:40-9:45.

    March 22, 2014

  • Kate

    I think Emma will be with me. Could someone meet us at Longview School?

    March 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to meet you. When do you want to be there?

      March 22, 2014

    • Kate

      At the sign fir the Longview school. Can I email you my cell #? Give me your email.

      March 22, 2014

  • Kate

    Tom is driving me after all. I will ask him to stop at the Longview .school. What kind of car do you have? I think GPS will locate schools. Then you can follow us to the parking place down the road. Ok?

    March 22, 2014

  • Kate

    Got a ride w
    Tom again. knight in shining armor to the rescue.

    March 22, 2014

  • Cristin Saccardo P.

    Id really like to meet new people, get some fresh air, and get in shape! I really don't know how to get there and Im not sure where the GPS will take me. Isnt there two entrances?

    March 18, 2014

    • Terri B.

      There are several entrances to the park. Look at the map linked to in the description to find the correct entrance. There is no official address of where we meet. You can put 1 Reservation Road into your GPS to get you to reservation road, but you need to use the instructions I provide in the description and the map to get to the meetup location (we do NOT meet at 1 Reservation Road - that's just to get you to the road. Then you have to drive to the end of Reservation Road to find us).

      March 19, 2014

    • Kate

      I am gonna try again! Maybe we could meet at reservation rd and carpool the last bit? I don't think ?tom my car pool potential is on this hike.

      March 22, 2014

  • Kate

    Galina, I just moved back after about 30 yrs away. I never found the group last two times, and I have been before. Do you have a smart phone to call
    Terri or some one? [masked]. Where are you from?

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am new in Nashua and in USA too. I am not really sure that I will be able to find right entrance and meet group. Is it possible someone give me a ride or come with me in my car?

    March 22, 2014

  • Sandy

    Sorry about canceling. Have a commitment in early afternoon that must be kept. Hope to catch up with you all soon.

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be able to come on this one.

    1 · March 6, 2014

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