The Friends of Chesterfield Gorge is an organization formed to keep the Gorge alive as a nice place for picnics and hiking. This was necessary as the State of New Hampshire had chosen to mostly abdicate it's responsibility in this regard. John Koopmann has let me know that there has been some movement in discussions with the State so a more cooperative arrangement may be in the works.
In any case their first meeting of the spring will be on Tuesday the 23rd at 6:30 at the Chesterfield Historical Society Building. Their first order of business will be organizing the spring clean-up at the Gorge. They would welcome any and all newcomers to their organization and if interested I urge you to attend their meeting.
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I have mentioned several times the idea of Adopt-a-Trail and the CCC wishes to go ahead and secure volunteers to "adopt-a-trail". I will be putting together a more detailed description of what this means, but basically the volunteer (or volunteers) agrees to maintain a particular hiking trail. By "maintain" we mean that you would walk it at least spring and fall, pick up brush, clear out waterways, pick up litter, replace signs, etc., and report back any more complicated trail problems (a tree needing a chainsaw, a washed out bridge, etc.). The trail listing
is as follows:
- Doug Sargent Trail
- Ancient Oaks Trail
- Cemetery Loop
- Audrey's Meander*
- Ski Trail*
2. In the vicinity of Madame Sherri Forest:
- Ann Stokes Loop (including section from parking lot)
- Daniels Mt. Loop
- Daniels Mt. Trail
- Mine Ledge Trail (from Indian Pond to summit of Mt. Wantastiquet)
- Mt. Wantastiquet road (from Trailhead on Brattleboro side)
(Let me know if you have an interest in the two sections all in Hinsdale, The Bear Mt. Trail and the Bear Mt. Connector)
3. Keene Connector Trail from Beals Road to Swanzey Line (including Colony Pond Link): Anyone wishing to adopt sections of this trail should talk with me about how to divide it up.
Some sections are difficult to access and this should be part of the discussion.
Please email with your interest. This is a lot of trail maintenance for your CCC and our few informal volunteers so we would love all the help we can get (and I'll even put a sign up on your section of the trail!),