Short Snowshoe at Moose Brook State Park

Now that the busy holidays are behind us, we had to get outside.  The weather has been all over the map lately: rain, freezing rain, snow, and -15 to 34 in 48 hours!  With a 9 month old in tow, gone are the days that we can just “wing it” or “grin and bear it”.  Everything takes a lot more planning, fortunately we have a great park just down the road from us: Moose Brook State Park in Gorham, NH.

The office at Moose Brook State Park.

The office at Moose Brook State Park.

Andrew and Alden start their way up the snowmobile trail.

Andrew and Alden start their way up the snowmobile trail.

Andrew and Lindsay put on snowshoes for the hike while Alden rode in the Ergobaby Carrier.  We parked at the office and walked up the Berry Farm Road which is a snowmobile trail.  We took our first trail on the left, the CCC Link, and headed off the wide road onto a cozy trail.

The CCC Link Trail veers off the snowmobile trail.

The CCC Link trail veers off the snowmobile trail.

The recent snowfall clung to the trees for an intimate scene. The trail gently descends down toward Perkins Brook on a beautifully constructed woods road that was hand built by the CCC.  Andrew recently discovered a grown-in section of the old trail and worked with the local mountain bike club to reopen and connect a better route for the trail that brings you closer to the brook.

Perkins Brook is mostly snow covered.

Perkins Brook is mostly snow covered.

A pleasant hike at Moose Brook State Park.

A pleasant hike at Moose Brook State Park.

After connecting with the CCC Perimeter Trail, we looped back up to Berry Farm Road and back down the snowmobile trail. We had to step aside for several snowmobiles to pass us and we ran into a couple of friends that were also out for a short snowshoe hike. They mentioned that some other friends from the mountain bike club were out “grooming” some trails so that they could ride on the snow.  We weren’t the only ones to take advantage of a sunny weekend day.

If you want to see a map of the trails at Moose Brook go here: http://www.nhstateparks.org/uploads/pdf/Moose-Brook_Trail-Map.pdf

Andrew shows Alden a big rock next to the trail.

Andrew shows Alden a big rock next to the trail.

Alden is waving to the camera.

Alden is waving to the camera.

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Yum snow!

Thanks for reading!  See you on our next outing!

Thanks for reading! See you on our next outing!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1happyhiker
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 21:09:29

    Great to see that you guys are exposing Alden to outdoor adventures at all seasons of the year!

    Compliments to Andrew for his work on restoring the segment of old trail.

    Have had some pleasant hikes at Moose Brook State Park, as well as some treks along that abandoned logging road near the western terminus of Jimtown Road (nearly opposite Spring Rd).

    John

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  2. Leslie
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 09:27:38

    FUN :) :) :)
    Did you see any tracks other than snowmoble tracks in that nice beautiful snow?

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  3. beverly
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:33:56

    I can see Alden in snowshoes next year. Good hike…

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    Feb 05, 2014 @ 20:12:04

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