Trip report

GetFit Hike #1: Three Ponds Hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 05/14/2011 - 05/14/2011

Trip/Event Location: Rumney, NH
US

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf , JDNnh

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

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

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.


Trip Report/Photos
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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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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Thanks to everyone for making this a wonderful event. The hike was perfect for a Get Fit #1 excursion. The meal was scrumptous back at the house. Food fit for a king. A great day spent with great people. An awesome event overall! - jconroy
  • Thanks Mike & Jon for a great hike and dinner. - JPHiker

Members That Participated

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States

Attended
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States

Attended
HikerBiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Londonderry, NH


United States

Attended
DaveSchumaker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States

Attended
guest member
bigmoosehill

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


londonderry, NH


United States

Attended
JPHiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Lake Worth Beach, FL


United States

Attended
Cartman

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Framingham, MA


United States

Attended
snowsurfer

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Framingham, MA


United States

Attended
sustaining member
jconroy

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Beverly, MA


United States

Attended
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