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Bringing the joys of hiking to all members of the Monadnock region's community

Posted Thursday, July 6, 2023
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A flyer showing the woods and the dates and times for Lydia Goodrich's hikes, this information is also available in the post.

We are so lucky to live in a region that values conservation and the outdoors. From state parks to the conserved trails we manage, this region boasts many free places to explore. At the Conservancy, we exist to conserve these special places, and we are also very interested in helping members of our community access the outdoors safely and confidently. In that spirit, we are proud to announce a new series of guided hikes specifically for people who might not have much experience in the outdoors, and might not yet feel comfortable on trails. Please see below or follow this link for detailed information including registration.

For those of us who already have the gear and love to hike, we might forget that many people don't feel comfortable or safe in the woods. The culture of hiking, with its emphasis on big accomplishments, long hikes, and impressive summits, can be its own barrier. We believe we can help people overcome these barriers and more fully enjoy this special region on their own terms. The Conservancy is already active in this space - The Cheshire Walkers, a program we inherited from the Cheshire Medical Center, aims to improve access for seniors who might prefer a slower pace. 

This new hiking series is aimed at three groups - young familes, young adults, and female-idenfiying persons. These hikes will be led by Lydia Goodrich, a friend of the Conservancy and Care Coordinator for Connected Families NH - a local organization helping children and their families navigate mental health challenges. Lydia is an experienced hiker, having logged over 2,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. She is also passionate about improving access to the outdoors, and sensitive to the barriers that sometimes stop people from becoming hikers. 

For more information including how to register, please visit our News and Events page or view the information below. Each hike will begin in the morning, two of the hikes will take place at Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard, and one hike will take place at the Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum, a property owned and managed by the Conservancy. Particpants are encouraged to bring any quesitons they might have, and any gear they would like to know more about.


Introduction to Hiking for Young Families

July 22nd (Rain Date July 23rd)
Calhoun Forest
Children and their parents ages 10 and up
Click here to register. 

Introduction to Hiking for Young Adults

August 12th (Rain Date August 13th) 
Pitcher Mountain 
Young adults ages 18-30
Click here to register.


Introduction to Hiking for Women 

August 26th (Rain Date August 27th) 
Pitcher Mountain 
Any female-identifying persons
Click here to register.