|Kearsarge Trail Snails maintains over 100 miles of trails in and around
Warner, NH. The focal point is Mt. Kearsarge, which can be approached from a variety of directions, all eventually converging
on our Trail 1. Much work was done in the Fall of 1998 on the trails leading to and through the dugout on Sawyer
Hill, which allows us to take all of our grooming equipment right up to the mountain. The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
grooms the auto road, with its magnificent vistas, to the parking lot about a half mile short of the summit. There's
a hiking trail to the summit from there--steep, rocky, icy, and ungroomed--but worth the effort when the conditions
are right. The 360-degree views let you take in everything from the Presidential Range to the Green Mountains to
Monadnock and the flatlands to the south and east. At the bottom of the auto road, Trail 1 continues up and over
Gage Hill, where the Sutton club takes over.
Coming down from the mountain, Trail 1 will take you south all the way to the Warner River, where our 185' suspension bridge gets you across the river and into Contoocook. Or you can turn off of Trail 1 and onto Trail 4, which crosses Pumpkin Hill and takes you down into town, across the Warner River on the covered bridge, and out into the Mink Hills. Look for Trail 4B at the bottom of Pumpkin Hill and take it over to Exit 9 for gas and food.
Trail 2 comes down from the mountain and brings you to the eastern edge of the KTS trail system, the Blackwater River. Primarily on U.S. Government property, the Blackwater trails meander along both sides of the river, with KTS primarily responsible for the west side of the river and the Andover Snowmobile Club responsible for the east side. Turn left over Mill Brook and groomers from both clubs overlap on the way toward Andover. Turn right and you're heading south on the west side of the river. There's a road bridge either way that can get you safely to the east side of the river or you can stay on the west side, traveling south all the way to the Blackwater Dam, across Lake Winnepocket and back to Warner. Trail 2 south also intersects with Trail 3, which crosses the flood control dike at the bottom of Littles Hill. Continue along this trail across Knight's Meadow and you'll eventually wind up back on Trail 1 on its way to Contoocook.
To the west, we groom smooth and wide on Class VI roads through the Mink Hills to Henniker. Trail 4 will take you down to Pleasant Pond, right next to Exit 7 off of I-89. Cross the pond and go under the highway and you can turn right down to Contoocook or left and come back to Warner. Farther back on Trail 4, you can turn right on 4A and head to the Bound Tree Intersection. Trail 5 is the Bear Pond Bypass and Trail 6 will take you through Daisy Hollow and down into Henniker or you can take Trail 7 over to Liberty Hill and Lake Massasecum. The Henniker Trail Travelers do a fine job of grooming as well.
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