First Annual Friends of Pisgah 10K/5K Trail Race Run/Walk Pisgah Park May 24, 2014

The Friends of Pisgah (FOP) hosted the first FOP Pisgah Park 10/5 kilometer trail race/walk in Pisgah Park on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Gary Montgomery, FOP President mapped the course earlier in the month. Pisgah Council members along with the Chesterfield Emergency Response Team (ERT) and a few other FOP volunteers arrived at a bit after 7:00 a.m. Saturday and got to work setting up registration tables, a food table and tee shirt table. By 8:25 a.m. all was in place for the contestants to arrive, get their race bibs and pick up their tee shirts. Over 80 folks, young and older, were pre-registered and another 60 or so registered on arrival at the Horseshoe Trailhead on a cool, damp and cloudy morning. A total of 138 competitors were ready for the start of the race at the Horseshoe Road Parking Lot. Amazingly, the bugs were not too active by race time though some appeared while participants were running/walking the trails. Around 9:30 a.m. or so, volunteers to man check points in the Park along the course left by ATV to reach their stations. Gary Montgomery marked the start line.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance 2014-05-10

Friends of Pisgah (FOP) President Gary Montgomery, Laura Susmann, David Weisel, Doug Favreau, John Hudachek, the Howe family (Abe, Tish, Gabe and Sam) and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Matt Edson and his ATV at the Horseshoe Trailhead at 10:00.  The goal for the day was to clear numerous trees down across Lily Pond and North Ponds Trails.  Both trails will be used by the First Annual 10K/5K FOP Trail Race/Walk Saturday, May 24th..

Bear Sighting in Pisgah - April 27, 2014

Good morning... I didn't know if anyone kept track of bear sightings, but wanted to let you know that I saw a good sized male (I believe) on Sunday Morning.  It was about a half mile heading up West on the North Ponds Trail.  I was nearing the top of a hill and he was right at the top.  I wasn't looking ahead so I got pretty close, probably 50-60 feet.  He stood up to see who this dumbass was that was walking right towards him and boy did he look big...  Anyways, I nodded to him, avoided eye contact and slowly walked backwards, turned around and continued on my way to another trail.  Of course every little twig snap I heard the rest of the hike made me a little jumpy, but it was another great day in the woods.

Thanks for all you do!

Matt Price
April 28, 2014

Free Training on Proper Methods to Maintain Trails

Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Coordinator for the NH Department of Parks and Recreation, will be conducting a free training this Spring for FOP members on the proper methods used to evaluate and maintain trails and roads. 

Please contact the FOP by clicking the Contact Us link on the right side of this page or email us at to express your interest or to request further information. If this workshop appeals to enough members Friends of Pisgah will notify Patrick so he can set up a time and date for the workshop.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2014-02-08

Laura Susmann met Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00.  They drove to the Horseshoe Trailhead in Chesterfield and they joined Gary Montgomery, Krister Raasoch, Krister's dogs Art and Harry and John Hudachek. It was a cool February morning with lots of bright sun.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-12-14

Matt Edson, John Hudachek and Friends of Pisgah (FOP) trail chief John Herrick met at the Kilburn Trailhead on a cold, December morning at 10:00. With reports of trees down the group decided to hike and clear the Kilburn Loop.

The west side of the Kilburn loop was remarkably clear all the way down to the Kilburn dam.  We then decided to walk across the pond and bushwack to the east side of the Kilburn loop. Numerous trees were found fallen across the trail and were cleared.  Finding many dead birch hanging over the trail waiting to fall, we downed and cleared them from the trail too.  The group returned to the parking lot at 1:45.

No pictures were taken - it was too cold to remove gloves and retrieve a camera.  There was a good chance the camera would not have worked as cold as it was.

John Hudachek

Lean-To Raising Completed 2013-11-16

Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, Ray Dunn, Chana Robbins, Reg Fleming, Abe and Gabe Howe, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Kim Nilsen and Howard Weiss-Tisman from the Brattleboro Reformer met at 10 am on Saturday, November 16th on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63.  The goal of the day was to complete the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that is owned by the Friends of Pisgah.

Annual Meeting 2013-11-12

The Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held in Winchester November 12, 2013 at the VFW hall. About 30 members and guests attended. Phil Bryce of the Director of the Division of Parks and Recreation in the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) was the speaker. Bryce’s talk covered the range of activities of the Parks and Recreation Department including numbers of parks, geographic distribution, number of employees and the mode of funding. At the conclusion of his talk, Mr. Bryce presented a digital slide show featuring many of the NH state parks. The photos were quite interesting and the slide show was much appreciated by those in attendance.

A short business meeting was held after Bryce’s talk and questions. Council members and officers of the Friends were elected for 2014. Officers elected were: Gary Montgomery, President; Matt Edson, Vice President; John Hudachek, Treasurer; Maeve Sabine, Secretary. Council Members elected were: John Knickerbocker, Matt Donachie, Bob Miller and Krister Raasoch.

Matt Donachie

Lean-To Raising 2013-11-09

Steve Lowe, Ray Dunn, Doug Favreau, Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, Bob Miller, John Hudachek, John Herrick and Friends of Pisgah lean-to architect Kim Nilsen answered the call at 10 am in the raising of a rustic three-sided lean-to on the Dort property that lies just to the northwest of and borders Pisgah State Park along Route 63. With the help of John Herrick's tracter and Krister's pickup the rough sawn timbers and boards were moved half a mile into the forest to the site where concrete piers were set in place last month.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2013-10-12

Krister Raasoch, David Weisel, John Hudachek, Chesterfield good Samaritan Jim Larkin and FOP trails chief John Herrick met at the FOP Dort property on Route 63 in Chesterfield at 10:00. Jim Larkin was there to deliver the dry concrete to be used to fill the sona tubes.