DATE: Jun 26, 2021 to Jun 26, 2021

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Lincoln, NH

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Jon and I will be hosting our first of two trail maintenance days to GayOutdoors' adopted trail, Mt. Osceola. 

We are hopeful that GayOutdoors has enough energetic, ambitious members to keep our adopted trail in top condition. The work itself, cleaning out waterbars, clearing small to medium blowdowns, clipping brush and painting blazes, is fairly easy. We are fortunate to be part of a club of gay men that have the opportunity to go hiking regularly in various places to take in the beauty of the White Mountains. We often oooh and awwwwe at some of the things we see. Now we have the opportunity to be a part of doing something to give back to the hiking community, while working on something we love...hiking trails...and helping make them a place where both ourselves and others can enjoy. We are looking forward to fun, hard work, comaraderie, new skills and friendships! 

We will starting from the Kancamagus Highway for second session. This section up to East Peak had a couple of steep/scrambling sections to the wooded summit however there are a few outlooks during the way providing some nice views!  It's popular being on the NH four thousand footer list at 4,156-feet. 

For this section, there are not any waterbars to clean; our focus will be clearing small to medium blowdowns and clipping brush. You don't have to be an expert to help and we can easily train you.  All tools are provided. We'll let you in on one of the best kept secrets in the mountains: trail work is fun! A trail that you have worked on belongs to you in a way that it's difficult to put into words.

This is a rain or shine event, so watch the sky, and bring appropriate clothing. Bring work gloves. Please dress for all weather conditions. Bring plenty of water, daypack, and lunch. Hiking boots are recommended. 

Let's show everyone that GayOutdoors is serious about giving back to the hiking community, and let's show them what gay men can do! Will you come help us on this day? It's a full day and we expect to finish around 4pm. Water and snack breaks are taken throughout the day. Lunch may be occur on the trail itself.  

Lodging/Post-Hike Social: Due to the recent relaxation of the CDC guidelines, we have decided to offer lodging Friday and Saturday night [$25 Friday night; $35 Saturday night] to the first four people who contact us as long as you show us your vaccination card that indicates your fully vaccinated. We are also cancelling the tailgate party and instead inviting everyone who can show us proof they have been fully vaccinated back to our house for showers and an BBQ! We ask $10 for the BBQ. Please let us know you'll be joining us for the BBQ so we have enough food for everyone. It's a BYOB weekend and we cannot let you in on Friday until 7PM.

As part of GayOutdoors' philosophy, we believe in doing our part to give back to the community. We are really excited about seeing many members sign up for this trail maintenance event. It's great to see friends coming together and willing to give of their time/efforts to make a difference. I'm sure that you'd agree how very proud we are of GO and it's members for taking the initiative. Hats off to each of you. We look forward to seeing each of you at the Mt. Osceola Trail Maintenance Day. As a team, we can get a lot accomplished. Let's do it! 

Namaste and Happy Trails!
Jon and Mike

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Take Exit 32 off I-93, and drive through Lincoln onto the Kancamagus Highway past Otter Rocks Rest Area and the forest service's sign trail sign for East Pond on your right. Continue on to a sign on your right for the Greeley Ponds Trail parking. The distance from the highway exit to the parking area is 10.3 miles. 

Please note that parking is very limited and you'll most like have to park off the right side of the highway, Park off to the shoulder as far as you can so that you don't block traffic. We''ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma.