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Backpacking: Webster Slide (2d-1N) Beginner Level 1

  • Aug 24, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Beginner Backpacking & Star Gazing (2d-1n) August 24-25

Webster Slide Area on the AT

 Backpacking: 2 Days & 1 night.

This trip for the beginners, will have less then 4 Miles of Back Packing for first timers each day.

Beginners we can help you on packing for your first experiences. Just ask me and I will help guide you for a enjoyable experience, Best I can.


The Plan:

Meet at Hatch Plaza and pack into a few of the cars. Backpacks will all fit in the rear of my pickup.

Shuttle: Drive up to the trail head (Wachipauka Pond Trail) off route 25 in Oliverian Notch.

Leave enough cars to get all the drivers car's back from 25C trail head. (The trail head we are entering on Wachipauka Pond Trail) back to the main group at out exit point.

Head from the dropped cars to the 25C trail head. All unload at the trail head for the AT on 25C & Mt Mist. Hike into Wachipauka Pond and Swim and play

Clean up and start the hike up the hill to the summit. First stopping at the spring (Hairy Spring) load up with water and head up the Webster Slide Mtn Trail to the summit (45min - 1hour climb) set up sleeping spaces. Watch the sun disappear for the night. Watch the stars from atop the cliff and look for shooting stars. Hit the sack.

Cause we are facing east. Get up before sunrise and see the morning glow & sunrise. Roll back to bed for a hour or two of sleep and then make breakfast, Pack-up and hoof out to the AT junction point.

Backpack to the cars on route 25 still continuing on Wachipauka Pond Trail & the AT (2.6miles).

Arrive at the car's.

“Beginner Backpacking Trip”. Short in miles and elevation gain.. Good one too start getting in shape for the fall season of back country trips.


Pet’s:Limited space only! With permission from the Organizer.

Your dog should have responsible human along on the trip. They should understand the physical demands of the hike and have experience and be fit enough to follow. They should also know trail regulations for that hike. It is not the organizers responsibility. Have good etiquette while on the trail.  Have a leash for when you feel frisky. Have some First aid preparedness in case you slip and fall, or try to play with that porcupine again.  Have the food and water available for carbohydrate loading when needed. Provide you some sleeping shelter & blanket to keep you warm and insulated from the ground. Maybe even some doggy clothing like jacket or booties for those cold hikes.

If your owner doesn’t want to carry you gear cause they are lazy don’t let them make you carry more than 25% of your body weight.. it’s not fair..! Remember your toy cause the days are long and the nights can be longer. Rember the sofa is a pretty safe and warm place too..



Using AMC map #4  Webster Slide Mtn just south of Mt Moosilauke. We have the option on some folks staying near the lake and some on top of the summit. There is a 45 minute hike between the two places. Awesome you will love it.

Day #1

We will hike in from 25c over Mt Mist (2.3 miles) and south (.01 miles) to the lake spend the day hanging there and get some swimming in the super clean water. ( Tip: Bring a cheap vinyl pool foat) Will keep your feet out of the muck.

Just after dinner time we can load up with water at the spring there and head up onto the summit of Webster Slide Mountain. (.07 miles ) Great place for the night and the gazing.. Bivy will be out in the open space next to the cliff. Tents will be in the woods. Will be a bit of work carving out spaces for all but doable. That the only negative on this whole trip so I ask no complaining. Its a sweet spot..


Eat breakfast, Pack-up and head back to the trail junction with the AT and Wachipauka Pond Trail. Head north towards route 25 past the pond and back to the cars.


Camping Option B:

If the water makes you  more soothed to be near? Some of the group can stay down at the lake if that's of more interest. But it needs to be a group of three at a minimum.. My rules! Sorry....



On top of Bug Spray!!! You must have the basic backpacking equipment.

Some stuff can be borrowed from other’s. I recommend a comment on the threads below your selected trip for available gear and carpooling etc..

Look to the gear list listed at our group page.

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Click  "Gear List – Summer Backpacking


Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Map # 4


Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.


Also: Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

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When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…

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  • Ferenc G.

    Great hike for beginner level, beautiful surroundings.

    August 26, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hey all Weather looking perfect.. High of 80 and low of 40 and no wind = perfect..! 40 being a low you should bring a light fleece and a hat or other added with a rain jacket you should be comfortable.. just a recommendation. See you at noon at hatch Plaza the map above will get you there if you don't know where it is off exit 26 on 93... My Cell[masked]

    August 23, 2013

  • Ferenc G.

    Would someone happen to have a spare adult woman's-size backpack I could borrow for this hike?

    August 19, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Yes I have one I will bring it for you.

      August 19, 2013

    • Ferenc G.

      Thanks Jay, I appreciate it! Hate to ask, but would you be able to lend me a pair of hiking poles also? I'm still trying to see if I can find something locally in the budget-range, but wasn't successful today, and Saturday is getting real close.

      August 22, 2013

  • Tia

    haha this was my "most epic trip that gives me cold sweats" hike...

    August 19, 2013

    • Tia

      I mean that in the BEST possible way lol.. this was the absolute BEST trip ever :D

      August 20, 2013

  • marcus

    Looking to cadge a ride from Boston; given the relatively late start time, could conceivably take commuter rail as well as more local T options to meet someone North of here.
    Kudos Jay for another well thought out itinerary. Look forward to alot of swimming. As an experienced wild food forager and homebrewer, I'm also happy to contribute to the evening's festivities as well as shutting up and looking at the god damn stars

    August 16, 2013

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  • Jay B.
    Trail Name: "Evil Jay", Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Kristie W.
    Total, Honey Badger!, Co-Organizer
  • A former member

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