Are you ready for a day trip up to NH, and get a little more vertical than we have in Eastern MA? Come join Barbara and Jim on this hike in the Belknap range that has great views of Lake Winnipesauke. We'll hit Gunstock and Belknap Mtns, and also check out beautiful and secluded Round Pond while we're out. The route we have in mind is 8.8 miles and roughly 2,400 feet of vertical gain and does have some sections of rock scrambling on it, so we're hoping you've done one or two warm up hikes this spring before attempting this one. The snow and ice should be all gone by then, but we should expect some mud! We'll try to average a 2mph pace including stops, so bring your face mask and enough extra clothing, food, and drink to be happy outside for about 6-7 hours. We'll get an early start to help avoid parking issues.
To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.
Finally, if you are a MA resident, we remind you that the March 22 Travel Advisory (see link below) is still in effect, which means you are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon return UNLESS you leave MA for less than 24 hours, or you have a negative COVID-19 test withing 72hrs, or you've been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to the trip.
Barbara has hiked the NE Hundred Highest, a majority of them in winter, and has also done the ADK 46 peaks.
Jim Hutchinson has hiked all 48 of the NH 4000 footers, many in winter, and has also done various expedition climbs including Mt Rainier, Denali, and Kilimanjaro. He celebrated his retirement in 2016 by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and now daydreams about trying the Continental Divide Trail someday. He is an AMC Local Hike and Ski Leader and a Hiking/Backpacking co-leader.