GetFit Hike #1: Three Ponds Hike
Hiking/Walk DATE: 05/14/2011 - 05/14/2011
Trip/Event Location: Rumney, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Easy
This series is ideal for those of you who have been inactive this winter or want to get in shape to hike this summer.
If you are looking for a mellow hike with a sense of exploration, this...
Take exit 26 from I-93 [Tenney Mountain Highway] and drive along NH 25 west from Plymouth to the sign for Rumney Village. Turn north through Rumney, taking Main Street and Stinson Lake Road to Stinson Lake. Keep left on Stinson Lake Road along the west shore. The road changes to gravel. At 6.9 miles from NH 25, turn left at a hiker symbol, and park. We'll be driving a blue FJ Cruiser.
The weather for Saturday wasn't top notch. This hike ended up being the perfect outing since the summits were in the clouds. Everyone absolutely loved the trails!
The trail begins heading uphill into the woods and passes the Kineo and Carr Mtn. trails. It basically follows a snowmobile trail. There were abundant wildflowers to liven things up on a cloudy day including Trout Lily, Painted Trillium, Red Trillium, hobblebush, and smooth yellow violet. It then descends down toward the Sucker Brook area. There is still a healthy amount of mud on the trail. We sometimes saw moose prints and scat on the trail.
There are many times where the snowmobile trail goes to the left and the hiking trail goes to higher ground on the right. There are bridges over most of, if not all of the stream crossings. However, the bridge over Sucker Brook was completely washed out and the force of the water moved it aside to the riverbank.
Before too long, we were at the ponds. The first pond is a little bushwhack and has never been impressive so we skipped it. The second pond is the main feature. The water looked fairly high.
After lunch in the Three Ponds Shelter, we checked out the third pond. We had to walk across a beaver dam to get to it. The woods leading over to the pond were beautiful, and there was some definite moose sign.
We headed back using the Donkey Hill cutoff. This trail is a little bit rougher with the footing, and is narrower than the Three Ponds trail. Still, its a nice walk in the woods, with occasional views along some bogs.
The walk back once we reached the Mount Kineo trail was nice, though a bit rocky at first. The trail paralleled Brown brook for some time, and there were a few cascades and waterfalls.
Before long, we were out and back at the cars. It was a great leisurely loop hike, and we'll be back there again at some point in the future!
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