Easy Ski – Milan Hill’s Wonderful X-Country Trails

Although it’s in a remote part of New Hampshire, the x-country ski trails found in Milan Hill State Park are well worth the trip.  I’ve had the pleasure of two trips in the last 30 days so these photos are a mix of both.  I would have thought that a beautiful clear weekend day would have brought out the crowds, but I was mistaken.  I practically had the trails to myself.  Maintained by the local Nansen Ski Club, the trails are well laid out and impeccably groomed.  Here’s a map.  The short drive up to the parking lot was a little challenging since I have neither snow tires nor all-wheel drive but there was plenty of room to park when I got there.

Great snow - great skiing at Milan Hill State Park.

Great snow – great skiing at Milan Hill State Park.

The trails are run entirely on the honor system with a suggested donation of $5 a day.  What a bargain.  They are laid out with a core loop of 3.5K (a little more than 2 miles) with 4 additional loops for a total distance of over 5 miles.

The fire tower on top of Milan Hill is a natural destination with great 360-degree views.

The fire tower on top of Milan Hill is a natural destination with great 360-degree views.

Two loops head to the summit of Milan Hill where a fire tower treats you to amazing 360-degree views of this beautiful area “north of the Whites”.

The Percy Peaks to the west from the Milan Hill fire tower.

The Percy Peaks to the west from the Milan Hill fire tower.

Sunsets must be amazing here.

The Lollipop and Beaudoin Pass trails are mostly in the open so have great views.

The Lollipop and Beaudoin Pass trails are mostly in the open so have great views, especially if you don’t want to ski to the fire tower.

Porcupine trails criss-cross the ski trails.

Porcupine trails criss-cross the ski trails.  As you can see, I was just the day’s 2nd skier!

The trails had just been groomed on my first visit and on my second they had just been groomed the night before, so I have nothing but praise for the trail conditions.  I noticed that there must be a large clan of porcupines living nearby because their well-worn trails, really trenches in the deep snow, would pop out of the woods, cross the trails, and disappear again in the trees.  They obviously follow the exact same path day after day, working their way to their favorite trees.  I’m sure they’re eager for the snow to melt.

This yurt looks so cozy!

This yurt looks so cozy!

Looking south towards Mt. Washington from one of the campsites.

Looking south towards Mt. Washington from one of the campsites.

You’ll need to bring your own lunch as the few facilities to be found at the park are all closed for the winter (although there’s a port-a-potty at the parking lot).  Considering the views, I look forward to camping here, especially to stay in one of the fun yurts.  Talk about easy living!

Always impressive - the nearby Milan Lumber Company's woodpiles are dwarfed by the rugged Mahoosuc Range to the east.

Always impressive – the nearby Milan Lumber Company’s woodpiles are dwarfed by the rugged Mahoosuc Range to the east.

Happy travels!

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