Mahoosuc Land Trust plans February hikes

BETHEL — The Mahoosuc Land Trust and the Western Mountains Senior College offer two outdoor events to begin February vacation week.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, hikers are invited to an invigorating and delicious hike at Crow Mountain. The hike will leave from Philbrook Farm on the North Road in Shelburne, N.H., at 10 a.m. Those who wish to carpool can meet at the Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road in Bethel, at 9:30 a.m.

This hike is a moderate climb to great views and will have the added reward of a gourmet lunch at the summit. Hikers are asked to bring a gourmet item to share; the definition of gourmet being up to you.

Rick Churchill will be resident naturalist on the hike and is sure to inform and entertain. Please come with snowshoes or other traction footwear, warm clothing and water.

On Monday, Feb. 20, naturalist Paul Motts will lead an easy snowshoe tracking event, sharing his knowledge of the activities of our animal friends in winter. All are invited to gather at 10 a.m. at the Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road in Bethel, to discover what animals are living in the forest by spotting the tracks they leave. After the walk there will be a chance to warm up with hot chocolate.

The Mahoosuc Land Trust is an accredited community land trust encouraging public interest in conservation in central Oxford County and eastern Coos County, N.H., supporting a balance of growth and conservation and emphasizing sustainable and traditional land uses.

For more information visit or call 207-824-3806. To learn of more events sponsored by the Western Mountains Senior College, visit