Waterville Valley Snows Mountain Hike
Hiking/Walk DATE: 04/18/2020 - 04/18/2020
Trip/Event Location: Waterville Valley, NH
Trip Leader(s): tdefauw
Max # People: 5
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Join us for an easy loop walk on cross country ski trails at Waterville Valley, including beautiful views from Snow's Mountain looking over to Mount Tecumseh and Mount Osceola. This... Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:
Take I-93 North to exit 28, Rt 49. Take Rt 49 about 10 mile to Waterville Valley, take a left onto Tripoli Rd. After 1.2 miles, take a right at the fork to stay on Tripoli Rd (going left would take you to the Waterville Valley ski area). Cross a bridge, then turn left to park at the Depot Camp parking lot.
Thanks to everyone for a great day walking on Waterville Valley cross country ski trails for a loop hike up to the top of Snow's Mountain. We hiked up Livermore Road to Upper Snow's trail, with pretty much a continual 2-3 inches of hard pack snow and ice, so microspikes and yak traks came in handy. We stopped to admire the upper portion of the Waterville Valley cascades, which were raging due to the snow melt. At the top of Snow's Mountain we ate our lunches sitting by the chairlift. Snow's Mountain used to be the downhill ski area for Waterville Valley decades ago until the current downhill ski area on Mount Tecumseh replaced it. You can still ride the chairlift in the spring, summer, and fall, but it does not run in winter. There wasn't that much snow after we left the top to go down Beanbender and Swazeytown ski trails, and then we walked on roads, past the Waterville Valley Academy and the library, to the Connector trail. On the connector trail we admired the raging stream and some beautiful houses alongside the trail.
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