Wantastiquet Monadnock Trail Hike #4: California Brook Natural Area

06/23/2018 - 10:00am
06/23/2018 - 2:00pm
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This hike from Chesterfield, N.H., to Swanzey, N.H., takes you on conservation lands with rolling terrain, through recent timber harvests, and along wetlands as part of the celebration of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail. The 5.5-mile route showcases a great diversity of landscape and land management techniques in the Monadnock region. Return transportation will be provided. Please register in advance by contacting hike co-leader Rick Brackett.

Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition and Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet at the Beals Road Trailhead at the end of Stones Mill Road, Chesterfield, N.H.
Contact: Email Rick Bracket - Rick@monadnockconservancy.org or call 603-357-0600, ext. 105.

For donations:  Monadnock Conservancy is our fiscal agent. We appreciate any donation to help with our return transportation costs.

Specify:  "WM Trail Coalition."  (PO Box 337, Keene, NH 03431)

FOP June 9th Volunteer Work Day

06/09/2018 - 10:00am
06/09/2018 - 2:00pm
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GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY, for the fun of it, at the Saturday, June 9th Friends of Pisgah trail work day on the John Summers Trail, a new pathway that will be open to the public at the end of the day.

Come lend a hand with a branch lopper or a rake and help open up what should be one of the finest pathways in all of Pisgah State Park.

Meet at the Kilburn trailhead at 10 a.m.. Bring a lunch, fluids, a pair of gloves, a hat to keep the bugs away, a little bug dope, and that should do it.

Hike across Pisgah State Park

06/02/2018 - 10:00am
06/02/2018 - 3:00pm
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The weather is looking good for the third of nine (9) hikes in 2018 to introduce the public to the 50 mile Wantastiquet to Monadnock Trail.  The hike through Pisgah State Park will be held this Saturday morning, June 2nd. 

Part of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail hike series, this 9-mile hike zig-zags along old woods roads, ponds, stonewalls, and graveyards through Pisgah State Park, all with fantastic views. The trails are a true moderate level of difficulty but the distance is the adventure. Mostly about fitness, and enjoying a remote area; bring lunch, water, walking stick (as needed), and sturdy shoes. Return transportation is provided. Please register in advance.


Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition and Friends of Pisgah Inc.  The FOP will be providing return transportation.


Location: Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead, Pisgah State Park, Chesterfield, N.H. (Directions: Take Route 63 toward Hinsdale from Route 9 in Chesterfield. Continue 4.5 miles on Route 63. Turn left into Kilburn Trailhead parking area.)


Contact: 
Email Lynne Borofsky lborofsky@wsesu.org or call Tom Duston at 603-256-6082.

History of Pisgah

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm
06/13/2018 - 8:30pm
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On Wednesday June 13th, the Chesterfield Historical Society will be hosting a program about the “History of Pisqah” at the Chesterfield Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.  It will include an introduction by Kim Nilsen featuring the area’s 10,000 year history, an update on hikes by Lynne Borofsky, and a movie entitled “Pisgah: A Place Apart”.  All are Welcome.

Fourth Annual Run in the Park

05/26/2018 - 9:00am
05/26/2018 - 12:00pm
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR if you love woods trail running and 5k and 10k races in a remarkable forested and water-filled world such as Pisgah State Park in Southwestern New Hampshire.

The Friends of Pisgah all-volunteer trails maintenance group is sponsoring its fourth annual RUN IN THE PARK on Saturday, May 26th. Race time is 9:00, earlier than last year, at the Horseshoe Trailhead parking lot.

The first 100 folks who register get a Run In The Park T-shirt.  All runners get a free Friends of Pisgah membership for a year..

Proceeds from the races go to support Friends of Pisgah's effort to build and repair trail infrastructure, maintain and develop new trails, upgrade the roads, improve signage and blazing throughout the park, and more.

So go pull that calendar off the wall, take out a magic marker, and mark the May 26th date on the appropriate spot. We will post more details and registration information shortly. Put down that doughnut, lace on the running shoes, bundle up, get out there and get in shape for the races. May is not terribly far away.

Here's the link to register online https://www.active.com/chesterfield-nh/running/distance-running/4th-annual-friends-of-pisgah-5k-10k-trail-race-walk-2018?int.

The race form that be printed out and sent in an attachment below.

MAY VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS

05/12/2018 - 9:30am
05/12/2018 - 2:00pm
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Psst. Hey, I got a bridge I want a sell ya. Well, I want to sell you on a fun bridge-building endeavor on Saturday, May 12th, in Pisgah State Park down below the Kilburn Dam just off the Kilburn Loop Trail. We should have the sills and stringers in place before hand, so if you want to build a bridge in no time, come on down to the Kilburn Trailhead parking lot on Route 63 at 9:30, and join us.

We will be putting on decking and railings on a big 24-foot span some five feet above the Kilburn Pond outlet stream below the Kilburn Pond dam.

If we have plenty of folks, we'll also brush out a quarter mile of the new John Summers Trail up to the site of a second bridge and move materials (already in place nearby) to the second bridge site and put in the sills and stringers there. If folks are adventurous, we might even tack the deck on that second bridge, too.

The day before, on Friday, May 11th, at 9 a.m., a few volunteers are needed to come help with setting the sills for the Kilburn bridge and moving and screwing the stringers into place. So if you would like to be a part of the preliminary work that will make the Saturday work day possible, come on down to the Kilburn Trailhead at 9 a.m. and lend a hand.

Then, after the bridge is built, we'll sell it to you for a cool $10 million.

K.r. Nilsen

Spring Clean Up in Pisgah State Park

Sixteen volunteers came out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday, April 21st to sweep the many miles of trails that are part of the 10k and 5k Run in the Park races that are scheduled for May 26th. The folks assembled in crews and spent a long six hours clearing forest debris, cutting away blowdowns, opening drainage ditches and culverts to improve water flow off the trails, and generally sprucing things up. So the going is fine in much of the northern segment of Pisgah Park.

Two days later, a big log was jimmied out of the Kilburn Road, the newly refurbished Town Forest Trail was cleared of debris, and the old Davis Hill Trail got a manicure, too.

Volunteers make it happen in Pisgah!


K. r. Nilsen

Wantastiquet to Madame Sherri's Hike

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The first of nine (9) hikes in 2018 to introduce the public to the 50 mile Wantastiquet to Monadnock Trail was held on a beautiful April 21 Saturday morning.  Over 30 hikers trekked up the west side of Mt. Wantastiquet, across Mine Mountain, lunched at Indian Pond and descended to the Madame Sherri parking lot.  There they were transported back to their vehicles at the Wantastiquet trailhead via van provided by the Chesterfield Conservation Commission.

Jim Block posted some photos of the hike at: https://www.jimblockphoto.com/trails/trails-in-nh/wantastiquet/

Jim also is working on documenting as many hikes as possible in NH, VT and the world.  This work is linked to: https://www.jimblockphoto.com/trails/

The Wantastiquet to Monadnock Hike Schedule and a picture by Alicia LaCrosse of the Wantastiquet to Madame Sherri's Hikers are attached.

1/20/2018 Pisgah Workday

WE ICED IT. Today, Saturday the 20th, nine Friends of Pisgah souls moved enough materials over the Kilburn Loop Trail and Kilburn Pond to build two foot bridges, one that will be 22-feet in length and the other 24-feet long. The materials are to be assembled into spans in the spring on the soon to the formally brushed out John Summers Trail on the eastern side of Kilburn Pond. On our Facebook page we see folks moving on ATV machines with hauling sleds attached and volunteers pulling lumber from the sleds and piling the material where it will be readily accessible in two different locations. Despite some logistical difficulties while moving half a ton of material up icy hills, the work was completed in six hours. Not a bad day's work.


K.r. Nilsen

First Day Hike in Pisgah State Park

The Friends of Pisgah and the NH Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the first ever First Day Hike held at Pisgah State Park on Monday, January 1, one of the coldest days in the last decade. That did not stop folks from attending. Fully 71 brave souls registered for the event and came out to hike the Doolittle Trail, roast marshmallows and S'mores over a bonfire, and even get a chance to watch several teams of sled dogs chomp at the bit to get running.

Our Facebook page contains a sample batch of photos that are the first of several we will post over the next few days. If you have a photo or two you would like to share, by all means post to this Friends of Pisgah page. Next year, it will be your turn to come out, unless the ice cap glaciers advance and cover New England once again.

K.r. Nilsen