Though Saturday was a beautiful day, it was unseasonably warm (at or near 50 degrees F), which meant the melting snow had turned wet, mushy and sticky. So I opted for a short little 5k hike at Weeks Woods in Gilford, NH.
Entrance to Weeks Woods.
Thin layer of snow on well-traveled trails, so I wore trail runners. But the snow was wet, sticky and mushy, so I wore my microspikes for more confident footing.
I love this section of the lower loop that cuts through the young evergreens.
At the top of the upper loop is a view over a large field. I was a bit disappointed by it the last time I was here. But this time, I ventured out into the field about 75 yards and looked to the right… and noticed this little view of Lake Winnipesaukee through the trees.
Instead of turning around after I walked into the field, I followed a well traveled but unmarked trail into the woods to the left, then took another left onto another unmarked trail – since I figured it would eventually lead me back to the upper loop. (And it did.)
Coming back down the upper loop, I spotted this really cool tree with a curved trunk.
This group of trails is somewhat similar to Waukewan Highlands. Waukewan Highlands has a bit more total distance for all the trails. It also has a pond, which Weeks Woods does not. Weeks Woods has less elevation gain – about half that of Waukewan Highlands. However, Weeks Woods gets two giant thumbs-up from me for its sheer lack of dog poop. I didn’t see one single pile of it on Saturday’s hike. In contrast, the rate of dog poop at Waukewan Highlands last Sunday was about one pile every ten feet or so (and often directly on the trail).