Friends of Pisgah August 17, 2019 Bridge Building

The Friends of Pisgah volunteers met at the Upper Reservoir Road Trailhead off Route 119 in Winchester at 9:00am Saturday, August 17th. FOP President Matt Edson, Abe and Sam Howe, Gerry Croteau, John Hudachek, David Weisel and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell transported all the bridge materials and tools to the bridge site and rebuild the second bridge from the south end of Pisgah Reservoir trail. By early September the goal is to also rebuild the third bridge.

Kilburn Pond Porta Potty

IMPORTANT: NH Parks and Recreation has installed a porta-potty at the Kilburn Loop junction with Kilburn Road near the north end of Kilburn Pond to handle human waste from the many visitors to the pond and the nearby trails. The Friends of Pisgah had been talking about sanitation needs for more than a year now, and now Parks southern district supervisor Tara Blaney and Pisgah Park manager Ralph (Whip) Newell have made the latrine installation possible.This is welcome news.

Fifth Annual Friends of Pisgah Half Marathon/5K/10K Trail Race Results

Click Race Results to check out the finishes of all 93 runners.

Pictures will follow.

FOP Trail Maintenance 10/20/2018

Jim and Jon on Kilburn Loop Trail

Four members of the Friends of Pisgah, John Herrick, Jon Knickerbocker, Jim Schofield and John Hudachek, met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00am on Saturday, October 20th, 2018.  We drained some water off the west side of the Kilburn Loop trail and removed fallen trees and branches from the John Summer trail and Kilburn Road.  A really pleasant day to be hiking around Kilburn Pond.

Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm
Etc/GMT-4

On Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00, we will be assembling at the Hinsdale Community Center for our Annual Meeting. This year’s speaker will be Patrick Hummel with the State of New Hampshire, who will be doing a presentation on the 2008 Monadnock ice storm.

The membership will also vote to approve the latest version of the Friends of Pisgah Bylaws that are attached.

Friends of Pisgah Fall 2018 Newsletter is now Available

The online version of the Friends of Pisgah Fall 2018 newsletter is now available by clicking http://www.friendsofpisgah.org/files/NewsletterFall2018Pisgah.pdf or by clicking the Newsletter tab above then clicking the first Newsletter attachment.

Spring Clean Up in Pisgah State Park

Sixteen volunteers came out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to sweep the many miles of trails that are part of the 10k and 5k Run in the Park races that are scheduled for May 26th. The folks assembled in crews and spent a long six hours clearing forest debris, cutting away blowdowns, opening drainage ditches and culverts to improve water flow off the trails, and generally sprucing things up. So the going is fine in much of the northern segment of Pisgah Park.

Two days later, a big log was jimmied out of the Kilburn Road, the newly refurbished Town Forest Trail was cleared of debris, and the old Davis Hill Trail got a manicure, too.

Volunteers make it happen in Pisgah!


K. r. Nilsen

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