Hikers wanted for the 2010 Hike for the Trails Event

Live Free Home Health Care is Title Sponsor

Since 1904, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) has worked to promote the protection, careful use, and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes Region. On Saturday July 24th, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will host their annual Hike for the Trails Event. Hike for the Trails is a hike-a-thon that supports SLA trail maintenance on over 50-miles of trails in the Squam and Sandwich Ranges. The SLA trail network offers stunning views, and many hikes take only a few hours to complete. This makes them a welcome outing for novices as well as serious hikers, and they offer great options for family events.

In fact, SLA hikes are so well-loved, that hikers throughout New England travel to walk these trails, making upkeep and reconstruction projects critical. Some trails, like the ultra-popular Rattlesnake, see almost constant traffic year round. This steady foot traffic can damage the trails and surrounding environment, so SLA volunteers work steadily to rebuild the trails. Funds raised from Hike for the Trails go directly to support the SLA trail crew and local volunteers, who work tirelessly to keep these trails beautiful and to protect the surrounding environment. Local sponsors, such as title sponsor Live Free Home Health Care, and corporate sponsors Riveredge Marina, Rockywold-Deephaven Camps, and Bridgewater Power Company, recognize the value of these trails to the community and have generously donated to the cause.

The SLA welcomes hikers of all abilities to participate in Hike for The Trails. Participants can choose from a beginner, intermediate or expert level hikes and will receive a free event tee shirt. An array of additional prizes from event sponsors will be awarded. Participants will meet at the Mt. Morgan Trailhead in Holderness at 8:30 am on Saturday July 24th to kick off the event. For more information on Hike for the Trails, please call (603) 968-7336 or visit http://www.squamlakes.org.

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