On October 27, 2015, a group of Pinnacle Board Members, Rockingham Conservation Commission members, and other interested residents from Rockingham and Westminster met at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River to discuss the potential for a new trail to connect the Pinnacle ridgeline trail to Bald Hill. This is a long-term vision which benefits trail users and local communities by connecting trails and by providing greater access to the outdoors for the community of Saxtons River. If implemented, Saxtons River residents will be able to walk out their doors to many destinations…some as close as the hill overlooking the village and others, such as the Pinnacle, many miles away. It's an exciting vision!
At the meeting, a committee was formed which includes four WHPA board members (Tony Coven, Rick Cowan, Elaine Gordon, and Paul Wilson), three RCC members (Peter Bergstrom (current committee chair), Mike Ghia, and Paul Wilson (also WHPA), as well as Bob Gay (Saxtons River). The first goal is to explore landowner interest in a trail following the existing VAST (snowmobile) trail from Sleepy Hollow in Rockingham along the Saxtons River (more or less) to the Westminster West Road in Saxtons River village. From there, the proposed trail would go from near the Warner Center, over the Hartley Hill ridge, to Westminster. In November, we obtained landowner permission for a hike on the Warner Ridge. Thirteen people attended and enjoyed exploring the forest and a good view of the village. The next step is to contact landowners along the VAST trail to learn if they will allow the trail to cross their property. If they are willing, great! If not, we'll explore alternative routes. But the pursuit of this new trail has begun.