Hikes

 
 


Hikes are rated easy, moderate and hard.  We have a three week rotation:  easy (< 3 miles), moderate (3 to 5 miles), and hard (> 5 miles).  We meet at the Church at 8AM, check the weather, make final preparations and car pool. 


Weather plays a factor in our hiking.  We hike in most weather so always come prepared for the mountains.  In the summer a day pack with a light rain/wind top, water, and a snack is sufficient.  In the winter we add snow shoes and beef up our hiking packs with hats, gloves, and an extra layer.  Poles are highly recommended, and very useful for among other things stream crossings.


Friends, neighbors and dogs are welcome (within reason and keeping the difficulty of hike in mind).  Call or email if you have any questions.  John

Denmark Mountain Hikers
        Ego escendo, proinde ego sum
 
January 2019 Hikes
 
January 4 – Arduous - South Baldface via Slippery Brook Trail (3060’), Evans Notch, ME. 7.5 mi RT, 2500 ft elevation gain. RT hiking time 8 hours. RT driving time 1.5 hours.

We will leave the Denmark church at 7:30 am and plan to be hiking at 8:15. It’s an ambitious undertaking. Plan on coming out of the woods after 6PM

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January 4 - Easy – Mt Cutler (1,232'), Hiram, ME.  3.1 mi RT, 832 ft elevation gain. RT hiking time 3.0 hours.  Rt driving time 45 minutes.  

Meet at the Denmark church at 8:00 am.  We last did Mt Cutler in Aprii 2017.  We’ll climb the new trail that has been cut to the left of  Dr Barnes trail up the cliff, then bushwhack up to the true summit from the summit ridge trail, then back  via the Saco Ridge trail to the trailhead.   

January 11 – Moderate – Mount Roberts (2,582 ft), Moultonboro, NH – 5 mi RT,  1,300 ft elevation gain.  RT hiking time 5 hours.  RT driving 2.5 hours.

Meet at the Denmark church at 8:00 am.  We hiked this in March 2018 and it was suggested that this would be a good snowshoe hike.  Mt. Roberts is the westernmost peak in the Castle in the Clouds complex in the Ossipee Mountains. The Lake Winnipesaukee views from the ledge area along the Mt. Roberts Trail are second to none.  Plan on coming out of the woods after dark.

January 18 – Easy –Roberts Farm (1,061 ft), Norway, ME – 3.5 mi RT,  139 ft elevation gain.  RT hiking time 2 ½ hours.  RT driving 2 hours.

Meet at the Denmark church at 8:00 am.  Roberts Farm is an easy ramble in the woods along the snowshoe trail.  We did this in March 2018 when the snow was deep.

January 25 – Difficult - Mt. Pierce via the Crawford Path (4,310 ft), Crawford Notch, NH – 6.6 mile RT, 2,450 ft elevation gain. RT hiking time 8 hours. RT driving 3 hours. 

This is an arduous hike that involves a long hike, drifted snow, and icy spots. We will leave the Denmark church at 7:30 am and plan to be hiking at 8:30. Round trip a little under 7 miles with nearly 3000’ of elevation gain and loss. It’s an ambitious undertaking. Plan on coming out of the woods after 6PM.

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January 25 – Easy – Hermit Falls (730 ft), Evans Notch, NH - 4.8 mi RT, 60 ft elevation gain.  RT hiking 3.5 hours.  RT driving 2 ½ hours.

Meet at the Denmark church at 8:00 am. We last attempted Hermit Falls in March 2018 but the stream was flowing high and fast, and we turned back before reaching the falls.  The crossing should be easier with ice and winter conditions.

Adult Friday Morning Hiking Group

Personal Gear List


Winter weather is brutal in the mountains.  No matter what the temp down low, when the wind blows up high, the temps drop and the drifts pile up. The days are days are short. The easy becomes difficult and the difficult becomes impossible. Plan accordingly and be prepared. Below is a short list of what to bring in your personal pack. 


WHAT TO BRING IN THE WINTER

___  Walking poles

___  Layered clothing

___  Rain Jacket

___  Puffy Jacket

___  Headlamp

___  Hat

___  Micro Spikes

___  Snow Shoes


ITEMS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CARRY

___  Whistle

___  Compass

___  Map

___  Watch

___  Water Bottles

___  Medication you may need

___  Lighter

___  Sunglasses


OPTIONAL

___  Camera

___  Binoculars

___  Pad to sit on at lunch time


FIRST AID KIT

Keep it small--Al and I always have the larger kits with us.


To the Wilderness go prophets and hermits; through wilderness go pilgrims and exiles.   Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat; not to escape but to find reality.


Paul Shepard