Snowshoe Hike to Smarts Mt -- 6Mar10

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1.0 Overview

This is late winter hike, one last chance to get out in some deep snow. It is also a chance to climb a mountain with a fire tower. The hike is about 3.7 miles in, with a lot of elevation to gain, starting at 1100 ft and going up to 3200 ft. It will be a long day and a physically challenging hike.

Smarts Mountain is located in Lyme, just north of the Skiway.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at the community center and car pool to the trailhead. We then will hike up the Ranger Trail. We will spend some time at the top having lunch and climbing the fire tower. We will return on the AT/Lambert Ridge Trail.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 6 March
0800 -- Meet at the Community Center
0900 -- Start Hike from Lyme's Reservoir Road.
1230 -- Reach the Top and have lunch
1330 -- Head down
1630 -- At trailhead
1700 -- Hanover
1743 -- Sunset

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

It is a real climb with 2100 feet of elevation gain, deep snow, and the possibility of winter weather. There was nearly four feet on snow on Smarts Mt last week. This is a physical challenge

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

Snowshoes are required.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 10 February 10

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 3 March 10

3.3 Costs


3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Standard winter hiking equipment. See the Personal Equipment handout for a checklist.
  • Showshoes are required. Snowshoes can be borrowed, or rented from the DOC. $10 for 24 hrs, $15 for 48 hrs.
  • Lunch.
  • 3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Map (Smarts Mt Quadrangle)

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Sat 6 Mar
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1700 Sat 6 Mar

    Driving Directions:
    North from Hanover on Rt 10 to Lyme.
    Bear right onto Dorchester Rd (at the Church, as if going to the Skiway).
    Bear left at the fork with Grafton Turnpike, staying on Dorchester Rd (aka Reservoir Rd) (just before the Skiway).
    After about 1.7 miles the trailhead parking lot is on the left just before the bridge over Grant Brook.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Chris S.
  • Adult owner: Mr. Smith

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
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    Approved TPS 1Mar10

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