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Winter hiking abounds in the Merrimack Valley


Photo by Beth EisenbergIf there's one thing New Hampshire is good for, it's snow. Luckily, the granite state is also inundated with a wide assortment of outdoor winter recreation.
Beaver Brook in Hollis hosts a variety of winter hikes and snowshoe excursions for participants of all fitness levels. Many of their programs have unique themes and topics such as a Valentine's Day snowshoe hike for couples, a President's Day hike with a hot dog roast and intro to snowshoeing for women.  
To find out more details, information on Beaver Brook or to register for a hike call 603-465-7787.
The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition, based out of New London, is hosting a series of winter hikes and snowshoeing at various locations throughout the 75-mile trail system. All of the hikes listed are free. SRKGC is an non-profit and volunteer organization.
These hikes cover a broad range of terrains and experience levels and it is advised to contact the organizer of the event for more details.
Available hikes from Beaver Brook and SRKGC are listed below.

Link list:
Beaver Brook Association
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
Outdoor Escapes New Hampshire

Beaver Brook Hikes

Fitness Hiking
Date: Fridays, Jan. 8 - April 23
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Place: Maple Hill Farm
Cost: $50 (includes snowshoes if needed)
Terrain: Hills  Pace: Moderate to fast
Different trails will be explored to help burn calories.

Full moon snowshoeing or hikes
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Place: Maple HIll Farm
Cost: Adults $10, Children $7
Terrain: Beaver Brook trails  Pace: N/A
The evening concludes with cocoa.

Wildlife tracking in the winter
Date: Sunday, Jan. 24
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Place: Park on Rocky Pond Road - Old City trail access next to wetland and Mill Pond
Cost: Free
Terrain: Expect off-trail hiking  Pace: N/A
Learn about tracking a variety of animals such as fisher, otter and coyote. It is requested that participants wear waterproof pants, boots and snowshoes if snow is deep. Preregistration is required.

Snowshoe and cross-country ski clinic with Eastern Mountain Sports
Date: Saturday, Feb. 6
Time: TBA
Place: Beaver Brook
Cost: Free
Terrain: N/A  Pace: N/A
Here's your opportunity to learn about different types of skis and snowshoes. Participant will have the opportunity to test out some gear on Beaver Brook's fields.

President's Day hot dog roast and marshmallow toast
Date: Monday, Feb. 15
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place: BBA Wildlife Pond parking on Route 130
Cost: $5 per person or $20 for families
Terrain: N/A  Pace: N/A
Hike along Rocky Pond brook to Sedge and Merganser ponds and learn about the "Old City." Finish the afternoon off with a campfire and hot dogs.

Valentine's Day snowshoe hike for couples
Date: Friday, Feb. 12
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Place: Maple Hill Farm
Cost: $25 per couple
Terrain: Beaver Brook forest trails  Pace: N/A
This evening hike will be capped off with a bonfire, drinks and dessert.

Adventures for Women: Beginner snowshoe hikes
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 27  Time: 10 a.m. - noon  Place: Spear Room 
Cost: $10 (includes snowshoes)  Terrain: Beginner  Pace: Beginner

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition Hikes

Snowshoe hike to Star Lake
Date: Saturday, Jan 23
Time: Call for details
Place: Springfield
Terrain: 3 miles  Pace: Beginner
Call 763-5879.

Hidden trails of King Hill
Date: Saturday, Feb. 13
Time: Call for details
Place: Sutton
Terrain: 4.5 miles  Pace: Beginner
Call Art Robbins at 927-4377.

Snowshoe to Clark Pond
Date: Saturday, Feb. 20
Time: Call for details
Place: New London conservation trail
Terrain: 1.5 miles  Pace: Beginner
Call Ralph Spofford at 526-6568.

Sunapee Ridge to Lucia's Lookout
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: Call for details
Place: Sunapee
Terrain: 12 miles  Pace: Seasoned veteran
Call Gerry Gold at 526-2857.


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