My timing couldn’t have been better. I drove into the Horse Hill Nature Preserve parking lot this afternoon just as a snowmobile emerged from the trail after grooming the snow. We’ve had about a foot over the past three days, topped with lovely powder, and I was eager to bring the snowshoes out from offseason storage. I usually don’t get out on trails after snowfalls until the snow’s been chewed up & packed by lots of other people. Today, I had two great hours on the main loop trail: no ice, no bare spots, no skiers. I love skiers – in fact, I’m married to one – but today, I didn’t have to worry about staying off to one side to make room for them. Today was for snowshoers.

There were ten cars in the lot when I arrived, but that didn’t presage a traffic jam on the trail. Horse Hill covers a lot of ground. I passed maybe a dozen people altogether, along with four friendly dogs. The presence of the dogs probably accounted for the absence of wildlife along my way.

To the folks whose photo I took, I am omitting the picture from this post since I neglected to get your names. My mistake! The four of you looked like you were having a great time. You can post the photo taken with your camera in the comments section, I think.

Just a little copper glow on the treetops as the sun goes down.

Just a little copper glow on the treetops as the sun goes down.

Freshly packed, ready for snowshoe tracks.

Freshly packed, ready for snowshoe tracks.

Even with ten cars in the parking lot, I found the trails uncrowded.

Even with ten cars in the parking lot, I found the trails uncrowded.

Stiff breezes will probably take some snow off this lodge tonight.

Stiff breezes will probably take some snow off this lodge tonight.

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Packed Powder at Horse Hill

2 thoughts on “Packed Powder at Horse Hill

  1. I don’t see the location listed here. Is this Amherst? Don’t you LOVE snow shoeing? We need another storm. The ground is showing. I hike in Hollis, milford, Brookline, Wilton and blog about hiking but usually just post wildlife and nature photos. Some posts include general hiking stuff. Happy winter hiking.

    • This is in Merrimack NH on Amherst Road. I’m eager for the next few inches of powder so I can get back there. Then another few inches for Beaver Brook, and a few more for one of the rail trails in the area … Thanks for reading!

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