Sawyer Pond +hot lunch (beginner winter backpacking skills using stoves)

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Date(s) - Sat, Feb 03, 2018
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Radeke Cabin
Kancamagus Highway

United States

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( is a companion meetup to “Stay and Play at the Radeke Cabin on the Kancamagus” ( You do not have to stay at the cabin to attend this meetup.

Directions: (we will meet at the cabin to plan and car spot)

From NH Route 16 in Conway, take NH route 112 (Kancamagus Hwy) west for ~14 miles. The cabin is on the right, 0.5 mile after Sawyer Pond Trailhead.

From Interstate route 93 in Lincoln, take exit 32 for NH Route 112 (Kancamagus Hwy). At bottom of exit ramp, turn left (east) onto NH route 112. The cabin is ~22 miles on the left, 0.4 mile after Passaconaway Campground.


This is a hike into the Scenic Sawyer Pond area. It is rather long (~10 miles), but with little elevation change; actually it’s almost all downhill, with only minor ascents. The trails make a semicircle off the Kanc. We will leave from the Kanc uphill(west) from the cabin on the Sawyer River Trail to the lean-to at the pond. We will have a hot lunch using a variety of stoves. We will return via the Sawyer Pond Trail.

We’ll cross the Swift River both at the beginning and end. The upstream beginning should not be too hard unless there is high water. At the end, there has been a makeshift bridge. Failing that, if worse comes to worse, its at the end of the hike, by the car spot, 1/2 mile from the wood stove of the cabin. We will be able to scout the river crossings before committing to the hike (there are alternatives).

Although we will not be staying overnight, this hike, depending on the snow conditions, should enable us to try out winter backpacking skills/gear. Leaders will be available to answer questions and give advice. Elaborate your ???’s in the comment section.

N.B. Part of the trail may shared by a local snowmobile club.

Beginner hikers are welcome but should have the appropriate winter gear. Depending on the conditions in early January appropriate winter gear should include: insulated winter boots (NOT your regular hiking boots!!) snowshoes, microspikes, wind/rain proof outer layers, wicking clothing layers (no cotton). If you don’t have much winter experience, that’s okay. We are happy to offer advice on gear.

We are planning an optional potluck meal after the hike at the Radeke Cabin. More to follow by email to attendees.

Your Organizers….. Lise and Dave C.

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death – including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons

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