Trip report

GET WINTER INTRO HIKE #2: MT. WILLARD

52 With A View DATE: 12/18/2021 - 12/18/2021

Trip/Event Location: Bretton Woods, NH

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf , JDNnh

Max # People: 10

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

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Our second of five winter introduction hikes to ease you into winter hiking leading to ascending your first winter 4,000 footer! Join us on our annual holiday hike where we wear jingle bells and

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Trailhead and parking area are located at the Crawford Depot on Rt. 302. The Crawford Depot is 8.5 miles south of Rt. 3 and just south of the AMC Highland Center. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck. 


Trip Report/Photos
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We led a beginner winter hiking group up Willard. We wore jingle bells, Santa/Elf hats, and other festive holiday outfits that brought smiles to a lot of people!   Micro spikes were a must. We saw a few people coming down sliding all over the place grabbing trees along the way to prevent them from falling down.

If you like ice skating, ice fishing, or pond hockey, you will find the conditions quite pleasant. If you are into parkour or training for Ninja Warrior, you will not be disappointed. Tarzan moves and sharp traction (Hillsounds are ideal) are a must. The trail looked more like a frozen waterfall with a large ribbon of solid ice further up the trail.

Views were spectacular and holiday spirit was high. Decent day to introduce newbies to winter hiking.  I think a lot of people are hooked. Highly recommend. Absolutely gorgeous. We encountered snowfall on the descent. Willard has the best payback for little effort. Always enjoy this hike!  

We checked out the holiday decorations at the Mt. Washington Hotel and then went back to our house to sit by a roasty- toasty fire watching the snow fall followed by a delicious dinner prepared by Jon. As always, great seeing everyone again and wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • The Jiggle Bell Rock hike Wow!!!…….what an incredible time! A Season Greetings welcome by Mike and Jon. They decked their halls with boughs of holly. Departing we Don we now our Gay apparel. We then dashed all day thru the snow (actually ICE!! Spikes!!) later we saw Silver Bells, Silver Bells at the Mount Washington Hotel…and a one horse open sleigh!! and Holy Night……………Let It Snow!………………and it did! Sincerest THANK YOUS!! and……..Have yourself a merry little Christmas! - Moving forward fm RI

Members That Participated

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States
promeneur

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Nashua, NH


United States
vwgreg

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Enfield, CT


United States
regularguyma

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


BOSTON, MA


United States
Russell

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Newtonville, MA


United States
Moving forward fm RI

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Smithfield, RI


United States
sustaining member
jconroy

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Beverly, MA


United States
JR

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Boston, MA


United States
Bushwack

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Hanover, NH


United States
Moving forward fm RI Dec 20, 2021 at 6:28 AM

Comment: The Jiggle Bell Rock hike Wow!!!…….what an incredible time! A Season Greetings welcome by Mike and Jon. They decked their halls with boughs of holly. Departing we Don we now our Gay apparel. We then dashed all day thru the snow (actually ICE!! Spikes!!) later we saw Silver Bells, Silver Bells at the Mount Washington Hotel…and a one horse open sleigh!! and Holy Night……………Let It Snow!………………and it did! Sincerest THANK YOUS!! and……..Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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