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Northern Presi Playground: Moderate, Low Elevation Exploration Hike

Northern Presis - Water Feature Tour

This is a moderate hike for those of you that aren't ready to tackle the typical Northern Presi elevation - or want a little break from the extreme and some time to play. I've been trying to hit some of the other, non-AMC points of interest and explore some side trails in the Northern Presis for a while. This will not be a peakbagging climb. Instead, we will create a loop that leaves and returns to Appalachia and stays below 3,500 feet, stopping at various falls, water features and viewpoints. Total mileage is about 10 miles.

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Be prepared for cool and potentially poor weather conditions. DO NOT WEAR COTTON OR DENIM. If you have questions about how to prepare or how to dress, ask them in advance. These are wet trails - come prepared to stay dry - or dry off after!!

Answers to FAQs

  • This IS NOT a traverse, so we will NOT need to carpool to another location.
  • We will meet in the Appalachia parking lot on Route 2
  • Sunset will be at about 6:05 pm.
  • This hike will be not be very exposed. Come prepared for rain and cold conditions just in case.
  • Water sources appear to be plentiful on this "water feature tour". Bring enough potable water for 10 miles of hiking.
  • Headlamps are not required. As a reminder, you should always be prepared to come out in the dark if necessary.
  • We will START AND FINISH TOGETHER. If you cannot hold your speed down to match that of the group (if necessary), this is not the hike for you. I require participants to wait at trail junctions, major water crossings and summits so that the group can exchange information and reset their pace.
  • I am NOT a speedy hiker, but I do keep a steady pace. I'm doing about book time these days.
  • The distance and pace means that is NOT a beginner hike. I expect people to do about book time (1.5 mph). This should not be too hard since there is limited elevation gain. I do expect to stop at these features and take pictures, etc, but I expect to keep moving in between.
  • If the conditions are prohibitive, I have no qualms about turning around. The mountain will be there another day. I would like you to be around for another day too.
  • My hikes area always dog friendly, but please know the limits and abilities of your dog & bring appropriate amounts of food and water.
  • I will watch the weather carefully and post weather updates during the week leading up to the hike. I rely on NOAA and MWObs for my forecasts.
  • I will provide attendees with my cell phone number in advance of the hike.

Most of the payoff comes in the form of great views & enjoying the outdoors. If the weather looks like it will be miserable, I will reschedule, possibly to the next weekend if it looks clearer. Please plan accordingly.

RSVP Questions are NOT optional - If you do not provide me with a phone number to try and contact you on the morning of the hike (if necessary), we will NOT wait for you at the trailhead.

"Plagerized" Trail Descriptions from the AMC Guide will follow shortly
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The Link to Cliffway (2 miles)

Cliffway to Sanders Bridge via White Cliff, Bog Ledge & King Cliff (2.1 miles)

Randolph Path to Inlook Trail (1 mile)

Inlook Trail to Kelton Trail (.7 miles)

Kelton Trail passing Dome Rock & Kelton Crag (1 mile)

<<If there is interest, we can do a little more elevation gain and go UP the Kelton Trail first, to Salamancis Falls and maybe Duck falls. This adds 2 miles round trip but not much elevation. We would descend via the Kelton trail to Sylvan Way)

Sylvan Way to Appalachia Parking Lot passing Gordon Falls (1 mile)

Optional Addition

Brookbank/Fallsway Loop (+1.4) (out and back to the falls) basically from the parking lot


Totals
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10-12 miles
10 hours (MAX) - I expect to do this in less.


DISCLAIMER (SHAMELESSLY PLAGERIZED FROM ANOTHER MEETUP HIKER): MY ROLE AS ORGANIZER IN THIS HIKE IS SOCIAL. I AM NOT TRAINED TO BE A GUIDE, NOR HAVE I RECEIVED TRAINING OR INSTRUCTION IN HIKING SAFETY. WHILE I TRY TO HEAD OFF SOME OF THE PROBLEMS I HAVE SEEN (OR EXPERIENCED OR EVEN CAUSED) IN THE PAST, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT YOU WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. IF MY DISAPPEARANCE DURING THIS TRIP WOULD CAUSE YOU MORE THAN ANNOYANCE AND INCONVENIENCE, THIS IS NOT THE TRIP FOR YOU. THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS IN HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS. IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE RISKS, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP (or change your RSVP to no). WHILE I HAVE CLIMBED THIS PEAK BEFORE, I HAVE DONE ALL MY RESEARCH VIA GUIDEBOOKS, INTERNET AND ADVICE FROM OTHER HIKERS, SO IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME INFORMATION IS NOT ACCURATE. I AM PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF MAKING STUPID OR MINDLESS MISTAKES, SO PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND COME PREPARED WITH APPROPRIATE KNOWLEDGE, EQUIPMENT AND JUDGMENT.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again Kate, good hike, and the weather couldn't have been better. A shame everybody else missed out on it.

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming via 89 so Concord is as far south as I get, but I can get at the L. L. L. L. Been at 7(-ish) if that helps anybody.

    October 27, 2012

    • Kate K

      Gunnar and others - 7am sounds good! Exit 14 Park and Ride on Stickney Ave. This is on the opposite side of 93 from LL Bean. It has a bus station, Park in one of the first two small lots on the right as you drive in.

      October 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll try to be there at 6:45. Black Toyota Tundra with a canopy.

      October 27, 2012

  • Kate K

    OK I am stumped. What is a good spot for those of us coming from Nashua/Worcester/Milford to meetup to carpool?

    October 27, 2012

    • Monica T.

      I think there is another one at exit 8 as well.

      October 27, 2012

    • Kate K

      I'm not in Nashua, so coming from Milford, it would be out of my way. But I can do Exit 14 on 93.

      October 27, 2012

  • David

    Is the hike Saturday the 27th or Sunday the 28th? The description says we will hike Sunday if the weather is bad.

    October 22, 2012

    • Kate K

      Wow! That means you read the whole thing. I just moved it to SUNDAY....and didn't correct that sentence. I will have to move it to another weekend if cancelled.

      October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm willing to meet up and drive from the nashua area... Early morning driving doesn't bother me.

    October 22, 2012

  • Kate K

    I am in Milford, NH. Those of you from Nashua and Worcester might be interested in setting up a carpool with me. Let me know. I typically drive/carpool from Concord, NH but lately I've been leaving from Milford and the morning drive kills me...as in I am falling asleep driving up there! I'd be happy to drive home if someone else takes the wheel on the ride up....

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also be interested in carpooling from the Boston area. will bring snacks and lots of gas $!

    October 13, 2012

  • David

    Carpool from Waltham/Boston area? Long ride, split fuel cost.

    September 29, 2012

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