1/20/2018 Pisgah Workday

WE ICED IT. Today, Saturday the 20th, nine Friends of Pisgah souls moved enough materials over the Kilburn Loop Trail and Kilburn Pond to build two foot bridges, one that will be 22-feet in length and the other 24-feet long. The materials are to be assembled into spans in the spring on the soon to the formally brushed out John Summers Trail on the eastern side of Kilburn Pond. On our Facebook page we see folks moving on ATV machines with hauling sleds attached and volunteers pulling lumber from the sleds and piling the material where it will be readily accessible in two different locations. Despite some logistical difficulties while moving half a ton of material up icy hills, the work was completed in six hours. Not a bad day's work.


K.r. Nilsen

First Day Hike in Pisgah State Park

The Friends of Pisgah and the NH Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the first ever First Day Hike held at Pisgah State Park on Monday, January 1, one of the coldest days in the last decade. That did not stop folks from attending. Fully 71 brave souls registered for the event and came out to hike the Doolittle Trail, roast marshmallows and S'mores over a bonfire, and even get a chance to watch several teams of sled dogs chomp at the bit to get running.

Our Facebook page contains a sample batch of photos that are the first of several we will post over the next few days. If you have a photo or two you would like to share, by all means post to this Friends of Pisgah page. Next year, it will be your turn to come out, unless the ice cap glaciers advance and cover New England once again.

K.r. Nilsen

Kilburn Loop 12/9/2017 Work

Six volunteers spent the day (Saturday) working on the refurbished segment of the 5.5-mile Kilburn Loop Trail on the west side of Kilburn Pond. They handworked drainage ditches, cleared culverts, hauled material to build up the very last feet of fill on the trail, cleared a massive blow down at the head of the spur trail to the Kilburn Pond dam, added forest duff to the margins of the trail in some places, pulled up and hauled out all but one section of silt fence (that last one will remain until spring), and more. Toward the end of the day, the snow began to fall, putting a nice touch on the last work on the trail for the year.


K. r. Nilsen

Friends Annual Meeting November 14th

The Friends of Pisgah annual meeting was held at the Chesterfield Town Hall. The meeting began at 7:00 pm with FOP President Matt Edson welcoming the attendees who numbered about 40. Refreshments were available to all. Matt turned the meeting over to Kim Nilsen, VP and |Chairman of Nominations. The officers were introduced by Kim and the slate of officers was presented (see below). All four individuals were being nominated for re-election to their current positions. All officers were re-elected.

Kilburn Project Complete

The large project to restore the Kilburn parking lot, the Kilburn access road, and the western side of the Kilburn Loop Trail by Kilburn Pond is now complete. All equipment is gone, the trail, road, and parking lot have been graded, raked, and chain-dragged to create a rather smooth and walkable surface. It is now incumbent upon Friends of Pisgah volunteers to help "soften" the road and trail by doing handwork. That process has begun and will continue until the hiking season begins in earnest in late spring.

FOP Trail Clearing – November 8-13, 2017

Friends of Pisgah crews were in the park four days in the past week cutting trees and clearing trails after the high winds the week before.

Winter 2017 Update Posted

The Winter 2017 edition of Update the Friends of Pisgah newsletter has been posted.  Click the Newsletter tab to check it out.

FOP Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

On Saturday, October 7th the Friends of Pisgah sponsored a revived Kayak and Canoe Event on Pisgah Reservoir. More than 30 folks came out for the outing and brought watercraft and life jackets. The event was a greater success than anticipated, and the day proved picture perfect for all. Next year, keep early October open on the calendar for another outing on Pisgah's biggest body of water. Patch up your old Titanic and come on out.

New (Old) Town Forest Trail Opening - October 14th, 2017

The old unused foot trail in Pisgah State Park known as the Town Forest Trail has been full brushed out, signed, and blazed from its southern junction with the Kilburn Loop Trail near Kilburn Pond all the way to the junction with the north end of the Pisgah Ridge Trail not far from Baker Pond and the Baker Pond Trail junction. The newly cleared route reaches the old ordnance testing bunkers near the south end and the abanonded mill site below Baker Pond and the wonderful overlook of the pond. It's a real pleasure to walk this time of year, and the trail creates the potential for two fine loop hikes, one ot the east and one to the west, back to Kilburn trailhead parking lot.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

Dogwood Swamp Trail Cleaned and Blazed

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Don't miss the Dogwood Swamp Trail this time of year. Friends of Pisgah volunteers John Herrick and Kim Nilsen, plus Pisgah Manager Whip Newell finished blazing, cleaning up debris, and dropping trees on their last legs over the last 1.4 miles of the 3.3 mile trail today. So, now, the entire trail is in fine shape from Mile 4 on the road into Fullam Pond all the way to the upper parking lot on Reservoir Road.

While most of the forest has yet to color up, the string of high elevation bogs on the Dogwood Swamp Trail are in full polychrome color now. Get off the couch. Turn off the TV. Drop to doughnut in the trash. Get out there.

K.r. Nilsen