The Wapack Trail travels through Windblown Cross-Country Ski Area in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and continues over Barrett Mountain on its way to the southern terminus on Mt. Watatic. The 21-mile-long Wapack is one of southern New Hampshire’s gems, maintained but not too busy, within sight of Monadnock but without that summit’s sometimes-overwhelming crowds. I am eating my heart out that I can’t get to New Ipswich this Saturday for a guided walk through Windblown up Barrett.
Al Jenks, owner of Windblown, just emailed this invitation to Windblown’s customers and supporters:
This Saturday, June first, is National Trails Day and the ninetieth anniversary of the Wapack Trail. I will be giving a talk on the life and times of Marion Davis who worked with her husband, Frank Robbins, to build the trail and run the Wapack Lodge.
Meet in the Windblown parking lot at 9 AM, walk to the lodge cellar hole, smell the lilacs, get to know our local black flies, and hear tall tales (most of them will be true). Marion was a neighbor, a friend, and the person who sold me this gorgeous piece of property in 1963.
Then hike to the top of Barrett Mt. to learn about the past, present, and the future life of Windblown Cross Country Ski Area.
Please, someone, go enjoy this event for me! I was part of the large crew that helped Al tidy up Windblown after the ’08 ice storm. As we worked, Al told us about the history of the property and how he came to buy it as a teenager. It was wonderful to learn more about land to which we all felt attached enough to visit twice in a blackfly-filled May for a clean-up effort. The Jenks family has collectively been a wonderful steward of this property. The Wapack Trail wouldn’t exist without support of such landowners.
Windblown is on NH Rts. 123/124 in New Ipswich. For detailed directions, please go to the Windblown web site => General Info => Directions. As the web site says, “We highly recommend following our carefully planned detailed directions [from the web site] and highly discourage using Map Quest or Google Maps because they have sent drivers to many crazy out-of-the-way routes in the past.”
Earlier posts about the Wapack Trail on the blog:
Wapack Trail Through Windblown (Dec. 2010)
Breaking Up the Workday (Jan. 2010)
Recovery! (April 2009)
Temple’s Piece of the Wapack (Nov. 2006)