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Upper Valley’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area

May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Grennsboro Ridge Vernal Pool

Greensboro Ridge Vernal Pool

A special Upper Valley treat can be found at the Hanover Conservancy’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area.  This is a 113 – acre protected property home to numerous wildflowers not to mention barred owls, broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse as well as warblers, vireos and numerous other small birds.  The ledges and stone ridges are also home to bear, mink, fisher, raccoon, deer and fox.  Keep your eyes peeled for the tracks as you walk along the trail.  Harder to find are the natural area’s nine vernal pools which are necessary breeding grounds for salamanders and frogs.  To reach Greensboro Ridge, take Route 10 to Route 120.  Turn left onto Greensboro Road and left  to Velvet Rocks Drive and park at the trailhead at the top of the drive.  Find a trail map at Greensboro Ridge.  This is a well kept Upper Valley secret and May & June are a great time to explore it.

Holt’s Ledge, One Of Over 50 Upper Valley Hiking Highlights

May 24th, 2011 by donnanandersen

View From Hol's Ledge

Sunset From Holt's Ledge

Located in Lyme, Holts Ledge is an easy dayhike  of 2.2 miles roundtrip.  Holts Ledge is a precipitous cliff with fine views to the east.  The cliff edge is fenced off not only to protect unaware hikers on foggy days, but also to protect the peregrine falcons who nest on the cliff.  Before being protected by the Endangered Species Act, peregrines were driven out of New England by the ravages of DDT, which thinned their egg shells and caused the eggs to break before the chicks were mature enough to survive.  Holt’s Ledge was one of the first sites in New Hampshire where peregrines were successfully reintroduced.  The gentler northern slope of Holt’s Ledge is home to the Dartmouth Skiway. and also the route of this dayhike.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is 7 miles from the Skiway and Holt’s Ledge.  You will travel east from Route 10 on Lyme-Dorchester Road to the parking lot of the Dartmouth Skiway, which is also the trail head.   If given advance notice and for a small fee, Breakfast on the Connecticut will pack a picnic that can be enjoyed on this outstanding dayhike.

3121 Feet to The Upper Valley’s Best View – Mount Cardigan

April 28th, 2011 by donnanandersen

View from The Summit of Mount Cardigan

View From The Summit of Mount Cardigan

The Upper Valley has a host of panoramic views but a favorite and one described by many hikers as offering “the best” view of the White and Green Mountain summits is Mount Cardigan in Canaan, NH.  The fastest and shortest route to the summit is the West Ridge Trail accessed directly from Cardigan Mountain State Park.  On the West Ridge Trail you will be guided by a series of impressive cairns – take time to appreciate their construction.  An option is at .4 mile on the West Ridge Trail, you can turn right on the South Ridge Trail and enjoy the forest along this trail – you will find that you will have more time on this trail for solitary reflection.  Once you have reached the summit you will find ledges that have been polished smooth by thousands of years of glacier activity – the characteristic that makes Cardigan a great mountain to hike – the large open top.  Now is the time to break open that picnic lunch you brought with you, sit and enjoy the 360 view.  One note of caution – with an open top it can be very windy so hold onto your hat!  As in the popular song, try to hike on a clear day when you can “see forever” – you will not be disappointed.  If hiking is in your vacation plans, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will give you directions to Mount Cardigan.  We can even pack that picnic lunch if you give us enough advance notice.