Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area Trail

Meredith, New Hampshire

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Looking for the perfect day hike? The Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area, a little-known gem tucked in the Hampshire Lakes Region, offers three diverse trails, meandering through hemlock and hardwood forests, around ponds and beaver-made meadows, and up to open ledges with mountain and lake vistas. Depending on the energy and skill levels in your group, you can pick the short route, longer, or longest, ranging from 1.6 miles to 5.5 miles. The short Four Ponds Loop Trail covers 1.6 miles and is perfect for those short on time or energy. The flat trail, the easiest in the preserve, skins a beaver pond and small brook with pleasant views along the way. The 2.7-mile Crocketts Ledge Loop Trail, blazed in yellow, climbs to a lofty overlook. The Lakes to Ledges Loop Trail, our favorite in the preserve, combines Crocketts Ledge with an upper trail, adding an additional 2.3 miles for a total of 5.5 miles round trip. The extra miles are well worth the effort-you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of several of New Hampshire’s major mountain ranges, before descending to the shoreline of Lake Wicwas.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

Looking for the perfect day hike? The Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area, a little-known gem tucked in the Hampshire Lakes Region, offers three diverse trails, meandering through hemlock and hardwood forests, around ponds and beaver-made meadows, and up to open ledges with mountain and lake vistas. Depending on the energy and skill levels in your group, you can pick the short route, longer, or longest, ranging from 1.6 miles to 5.5 miles.

The short Four Ponds Loop Trail covers 1.6 miles and is perfect for those short on time or energy. The flat trail, the easiest in the preserve, skins a beaver pond and small brook with pleasant views along the way. The 2.7-mile Crocketts Ledge Loop Trail, blazed in yellow, climbs to a lofty overlook. The Lakes to Ledges Loop Trail, our favorite in the preserve, combines Crocketts Ledge with an upper trail, adding an additional 2.3 miles for a total of 5.5 miles round trip. The extra miles are well worth the effort-you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of several of New Hampshire’s major mountain ranges, before descending to the shoreline of Lake Wicwas.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Meredith
Length: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Town of Meredith Conservation Commission Steward
Topo Map: Hamlin Recreation and Conservation Area Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: New England Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2009

Great Trails! I love the Crockett's Ledge overlook, not to difficult a bike, a little rough at points, but otherwise a nice getaway trail system. Haven't yet done the big 'red' loop, plan to do that this summer.

2/14/2009

What a great find! Well marked trails, rolling hills, views of lakes and mountains. We hiked the 5 1/2 mile "Red" Trail with a 900 foot elevation gain.

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