When the snow flies, Notchview boasts some of the best cross-country skiing anywhere. In the warmer months this enormous reservation provides hikers with thousands of acres of beautiful northern forest and miles of uncrowded trails. An unwritten rule of hiking states that the size of the parking lot is in direct proportion to the number of hikers using the trails.
Many times this is true, but not at Notchview. The parking lot here can hold more than a hundred cars but only holds that many during cross-country ski season when everyone with a pair of skis comes up here. In summer the number of cars can often be counted on one hand, and the trails are wonderfully deserted and quiet.
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