RUMFORD — The Mahoosuc Land Trust will host a snowshoe hike along a stretch of Ellis River at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, land trust member Jolan Ippolito said Wednesday.

Ippolito said more and more local naturalists and nature aficionados have been reaching out to the Mahoosuc Land Trust about going on the hikes that teach residents about nature-related topics.

“For this hike, local naturalists will be along to help identify animal tracks and sport winter birds,” Ippolito said. “I think it adds something new to the hikes that we didn’t have for the previous hikes. People will have the chance to learn a little more about the area they’re hiking.”

Ippolito added that the Ellis River hike will likely be easier than previous hikes that the Mahoosuc Land Trust have hosted.

“For this hike, we’re going to be walking alongside the Ellis River,” Ippolito said. “It’s not like some of our other hikes, where we’re hiking up a mountain. I think it’ll be a good one for people to check out.”

At the end of the hike, Ippolito said that if the weather is good following the hike, a bonfire with hot dogs and marshmallows will be held near the beginning of the trail.

Ippolito said in order to get to the parking lot where the hike begins, take Route 5 north from Route 2 for three miles, turn right to cross the first bridge, then left onto East Andover Road. The parking lot is 200 yards on the left.  

For more information, visit mahoosuc.org or call 824-3806.

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