New SLA Hiking Trail Now Open!

SLA Opens New Hiking Trail in Holderness

On June 2, 2018, the Squam Lakes Association officially opened the Brooks Fisher Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony and guided hike. The trail, located off Perch Pond Road near Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, was constructed by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps service team, led by SLA Director of Operations Brett Durham. 

Durham expressed his excitement at the opening, saying “This trail is the realization of many hours of hard work from our AmeriCorps team over the winter months. It is a wonderful and unique addition to our 50+ miles of trail, and is the perfect trail for family hikes.”

The 1.4 mile trail is land owned by Burleigh Limited Partners, and the creation of the trail and parking area at the trailhead was generously supported by Tim and Audrey Fisher, Peter and Faith Coolidge and the E.S. Webster Foundation. This trail switches back across the slope using a trail building technique called benching and has an average grade of about 6%, which will make it a much easier trail to hike than many around the area. The new trail also showcases an historic cellar hole and offers ample opportunity to explore the woodland natural resources. It gradually leads hikers up the flanks of the Squam Range connecting to the Crawford Ridgepole Trail near Mount Webster to a scenic overlook near the summit.

According to Tim Fisher, “Squam Lakes Association and Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps team have done an incredible job constructing this trail. The opening is a deeply meaningful and special event for me and my family. We are proud to offer this gift to the community to enjoy for generations to come.”

The Brooks Fisher Trail is open to the public, and closed only during mud season. For more information, please contact the Squam Lakes Association at (603) 968-7338.

The SLA is a non-profit organization established in 1904, and for over 100 years has been working to protect and conserve the natural beauty, peaceful character, and resources of the Squam Lakes Watershed. In collaboration with local and state partners, the SLA promotes the protection, careful use and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes region.