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04 April 2016

XC-Skiing at Cooley-Jericho Community Forest (Sugar Hill, NH)

Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) and the New Hampshire towns of Easton, Franconia, Landaff, and Sugar Hill worked together to acquire the land and create the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest.  Volunteers are doing extensive and excellent work on developing a trail system on this property for hiking, XC-skiing, and mountain biking.

Shown below is a map that shows the status ofthe trails, as of the date this report was written.

In late January 2016, I did some XC-skiing along one of the unmarked corridors at Cooley-Jericho Community Forest. Although there were sporadic footprints from local moose/deer/rabbit, there were no signs of  any human activity.  The snow conditions, wide passageways, and moderate grades were nearly perfect for XC-skiing.

Shown below is a Google Earth image that has my route of travel highlighted, as well as labels for the some of the places I visited.

You probably can't tell much from the following snapshot, but it shows a typical scene along the corridors that were XC-skied at Cooley-Jericho.

The next photo shows a viewpoint that I skied to at Cooley-Jericho.  The vista features (left to right) peaks in Presidential Range, Twin Range, Franconia Range.

At the end of day toward dusk, I made a short side-trip by skiing to a popular spot called Bronson Hill (not part of the Cooley-Jericho property).  At this location, there's a cabin that overlooks an expansive mountain view.



One Day in America said...

Nice post, John!

I love the cabin and, again, I envy all the great woodland cross-country ski trails in your area. How nice that volunteers are working on creating trails and access for this worthwhile activity.

1HappyHiker said...

Yes, the volunteers are doing a magnificent job at Cooley-Jericho. They have good leadership, and plenty of enthusiasm, all of which are essential ingredients for success!