We currently have seven hiking trips and 2 kayaking trips scheduled.  Each trip will be led by a guide experienced in the route you will be taking.  Along the way, be sure to enjoy the natural surroundings and wildlife you will encounter.
September 15th
September 16th
Route: Daniels Mountain to Moon Ledge
Expected Duration: 2-1/2 hours
Estimated Distance: 1-1/2 miles
Skill Level: Moderate

Arrive at Departure Point by 8:30am
Trip starts promptly at 9am

Departure Point: Trailhead parking area, N. Hinsdale Road, Hinsdale. 1.7 miles from intersection of Monument & Plain Roads; left hand side of road). Look for “Departure Point” sign. Carpooling suggested as parking area is small.

Follow white diamonds nailed to trees, hike 0.7 mile up Daniels Mountain while climbing 549'. Moon Ledge, a rocky outcrop, offers a spectacular view (cloud cover permitting!) into Massachusetts and Vermont from a grassy clearing on the south side of the mountain. Trail is steep and rocky in parts. Before starting the hike, pick up a small rock to add to the cairn.

Guide(s): Dorianne Almann &
Mo Klein
RSVP: Dori
(rottienh@hotmail.com)
Moon Ledge
Route: Wantastiquet Lower Trail
Expected Duration: 2 hours
Estimated Distance: 3 miles
Skill Level: Easy

Arrive at Departure Point by 12:45pm
Trip starts promptly at 1pm

Departure Point: Trailhead parking area at Wantastiquet base, Mountain Road, Hinsdale (across from Norm’s Marina). Carpooling suggested as parking area is small.

Terrain is an old dirt road with a couple of short hills and some gravel areas. A good hike for families with children who are able to walk a few miles without getting exhausted or a parent who can push a jogging stroller.

Guide(s): Heather Howe &
Tanya Hume
RSVP: Heather
(ford_dog@hotmail.com)
Wantastiquet Lower Trail
Route: Bald Eagle’s Nest
Expected Duration: 1 to 1-1/4 hours
Estimated Distance: 2 miles
Skill Level: Easy

Arrive at Departure Point by 8:30am
Trip starts promptly at 9am

Departure Point: Hinsdale High School parking lot, 49 School Street, Hinsdale.

Easy, fun hike out to the eagles' nest on a mostly flat, wide trail that has one small hill. There are other nests, signs of beavers, and other fowl to observe along the trail.

Guide(s): Joe & Liz Boggio
RSVP: Joe
(jboggio1961@gmail.com)
The Eagle's Nest
Route: Wantastiquet Upper Trail
Expected Duration: 2-1/2 hours
Estimated Distance: 4-1/2 miles
Skill Level: Moderate

Arrive at Departure Point by 7:30am
Trip starts promptly at 8am

Departure Point: Trailhead parking area at Wantastiquet base, Mountain Road, Hinsdale (across from Norm’s Marina). Carpooling suggested as parking area is small.

Hike takes about 45 minutes to reach the top and is suitable for anyone, age 3 years old and up, in healthy condition. While the terrain is rocky, you're hiking on a wide road-type path. The trail zig-zags back and forth so it's not a steep climb for any length of time. Fine view of Brattleboro across the river.

Guides: Kendra Gardner &
Emily Sullivan
RSVP: Kendra
(kendralee_17@yahoo.com)
Wantastiquet Upper Trail
Route: Pisgah to Bear Mt. to Moon Ledge to Wantastiquet
Expected Duration: All day
Estimated Distance: 7 miles
Skill Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Arrive at Departure Point by 9am
Trip starts promptly at 9:30am

Departure Point: Hinsdale High School parking lot, 49 School Street, Hinsdale. Hikers will be bussed to Pisgah Park, picked up at Wantastiquet, and bussed back to the parking lot.

We’ll be hiking in a remote area. Elevation will offer scenic views so bring your phone or camera. We may see occasional wild life.

Guide(s): Wayne Gallagher and
Leo Marshall
RSVP: Wayne
(majorgallagher@msn.com)

Bear Mountain
Route: Davis Hill Trail in Pisgah
Expected Duration: 3-1/2 hours
Estimated Distance: 5 miles
Skill Level: Moderate

Arrive at Departure Point by 8:30am
Trip starts promptly at 9am

Departure Point: Kilburn Pond Trailhead, Rt. 63. From downtown Hinsdale at Rts. 119 & 63 intersection, north on Rt. 63 for 3.8 miles; trailhead on your right. From intersection of Rts. 9 & 63 in
Chesterfield, south on 63 for 4.4 miles; trailhead on your left.
Suggested parking donation of $3. Carpooling recommended.

Pleasant journey along four different trails. Historical sites. View of ski slopes in VT and nice vistas.

Guide(s): Friends of Pisgah--Bill Rogers, John Herrick and Matt Edson
RSVP: Bill
(buck1705@comcast.net)
Pisgah
Route: Monkey Island
Expected Duration: All Day
Estimated Distance: 7-8 miles
Skill Level: Moderate

Arrive at Departure Point by 9am
Trip starts promptly at 9:30am

Departure Point: Norm's Marina, 1347 Brattleboro Road, Hinsdale. Bring your canoe/kayak, paddles, and life jackets if you have them. If you need equipment, Norm’s will supply it for FREE.

Launch from Norm’s Marina and paddle to Connecticut River Paddlers Association camping site where we can stop to stretch our legs and have a snack. Continue to Monkey Island for possible bald eagle sightings. Return to Norm’s, again with a possible rest stop at CRPA's site. We may see osprey, great blue heron and bald eagles. All-day trip (4-5 hours including stops). Leisurely but steady paddling,

Guide(s): Andy Drummond
RSVP: Andy
(abd57@yahoo.com)
Monkey Island
Route: Causeway to Liscom Hollow to Monkey Island
Expected Duration: 2-3 hours including stops
Estimated Distance: 3 miles
Skill Level: Easy

Arrive at Departure Point by 9am
Trip starts promptly at 9:30am

Departure Point: Meet at the parking area that is about 2 miles from downtown Hinsdale heading West on Rt. 119 (towards Brattleboro) or about 1.5 miles from Walmart, heading East on Rt. 119 (towards Hinsdale). Parking area is directly across from the blue house at 406 Brattleboro Road, Hinsdale. We'll launch from the causeway next to the parking lot.

The hope is to view wildlife. From the causeway, we'll head slightly upriver to view an osprey's nest, then paddle into Liscom Hollow. Possible sightings of beavers and muskrat. Paddle under the rail trail bridge. Leave Liscom’s and continue upriver to Monkey Island to view the eagle's nest. Look for heron, eagles, osprey and Kingfishers. Return to the causeway to end trip. For this trip you must have your own boat and equipment.

Guide(s): Andy Drummond
RSVP: Andy
(abd57@yahoo.com)
Liscomb Hollow
ARRIVE PREPARED
NEED A BOAT ?
Our friends at Norm's Marina have offered FREE kayak and canoe rentals for our September 15th Outdoor Hinsdale event!!

Please RSVP on our sign up page to reserve your equipment.
Interested in joining us on one (or more) of these great trips? 
Please RSVP on our sign up page .
* Please note that liability waivers will need to be signed at the departure point on the day of the trip
Route: Hinsdale House Grounds
Expected Duration: 1 hour
Skill Level: Easy/Basic

Arrive at Departure Point by 11:30am
Trip starts promptly at noon

Departure Point: Hinsdale House, 609 Brattleboro Road, Hinsdale.

Travel Hinsdale House grounds and some of the surrounding trails. Area is easily accessible and terrain is level with one small rise over the rail trail. Great for families with small children and those with limited mobility.

Guide(s): Sharron Smith & Jill Collins
RSVP: Sharron Smith
(shsmith1@yahoo.com)
Hinsdale History
GOT LUNCH?
Hikers:
Hiking boots are strongly recommended;
next best is some type of sturdy footwear.
Canoers/Kayakers:
Required: PFD (life preserver); canoe/kayak; paddle.
If you don’t have this equipment, Norm’s will provide it FREE
for the Monkey Island trip. Waterproof bag(s) for gear.
Recommended for All:
Dress appropriately for changing weather;
identification; hat; sunglasses; sun screen/block; bug spray/repellent; lots of water/Gatorade;
snacks/lunch; small first aid kit; binoculars: phone or camera; backpack.
The Hinsdale Historical Society will be putting together box lunches for our participants. 
The cost is $10 each and will consist of bottled water, a wrap (turkey or veggie) and a snack, packed up in an insulated lunch bag. 
Your pre-ordered lunch will be delivered to your trip’s departure point before the
excursion starts.
Lunches must be pre-ordered.  Do so when you register for you trip at the
Sign Me Up!” section of our website.
FREE boat rentals are available for the September 15th trip to Monkey Island only.
Norm’s Marina
1347 Brattleboro Rd
Hinsdale, NH 03451
603-256-6266