In a quest to find new places to explore, Lauren and I stumbled across the New London Trail system. There is a patch for completing all of the trails that are maintained in their purview. And from our first impression on the trails, we gathered that they would be varied and interesting.
We started at the Kidder Trail/Morgan Hill Loop parking area and continued along the Kidder Trail through a fresh pine forest. It was easily runnable, and smelled amazing. Fresh pine is quite the scent, and we felt like we were out west in the Sierras for much of this stretch.
At the end of the trail, it meets up with the SRKG Trail, which stands for Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway. It is a a 75 mile thru trail that only allows day hiking, but on their website, they give section hike examples to those looking to do it. Find them HERE.
The SRKG Trail section is a pleasant cart path of sorts that goes on for a few miles before turning into more of a dirt path as it turns onto the Morgan Pond Trail. We followed this trail all the way to the water and soaked in the perfect views.
Heading back, Lauren rolled her ankle right before getting into the woods where we caught back up with the SRKG Trail. But it didn't matter much, since we wouldn't be running on this section. It was very much like the neighborhood woods we were used to on the Midstate Trail.
After getting through this area and passing through a scenic raging river, we caught back up with the Morgan Hill Trail and took it all the way back to the car. It was an awesome loop and a good introduction to this extensive trail system!
Total Time: 1 hr 54 mins
Total Distance: ~6.87 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~853 feet