The day was a New England gem! Blue skies, freshly fallen powdery snow and temperatures were in the low 30’s. On other New Year’s day hikes, we have experienced much different conditions. The weather was wonderful for a winter hike!
John and I volunteered with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) to help hikers make their way safely along the Parker Trail to and from the lookout point on Little Mountain, a 3 mile round trip.
There were about 40 people who participated in the hike. Many of them were new to winter hiking. What a joy it was to help families of all ages find their way along the trail through about a foot of fallen snow.
This New Year’s hike was a special experience with nature. The Parker Trail had a light, white powdery coating of snow on it. The fresh snow clung to only on one side of the trees making an interesting scene. The woods were hushed and tranquil as we led Pat and Dianna on the guided hike. We discovered the tracks and trails of deer and porcupine on the soft snow.
It was lunch time when we reached the outlook at Little Mountain. We enjoyed our snacks and sandwiches while enjoying the views of a clear day.
We made the return trip back to the Pavilion where the Monadnock State Park staff and the SPNHF people had hot cocoa and a warm campfire waiting for us.
Here are some photos from warmer New Year’s Day hikes.
2011 New Year’s Day had snow on the ground, but warm temps.
2012 New Year’s Day had now snow, and warm temperatures.
2013 New Year’s Day was a cold climb but we had a great time!
2014 New Year’s Day climb was a tough one!
On New Year’s Day in 2015 and 2016, John and I volunteered at the AMC Highland Center in Breton Woods, NH. We were not able to get in our traditional Monadnock climbs on those years.
Here is our SPNHF group photo from our New Year’s Day hike, 2017.
On New Year’s Day 2018, I hope to hike to the summit of Monadnock before helping SPNHF with hikers at the annual First Hike!