Grooming the Adams Pond Trail in Londonderry

Jan 23, 2014 No Comments by

Editor’s Note: Each winter, the Adam’s Pond Trail offers three miles of pristine trails for cross country skiing. After several inches of snowfall last week in Londonderry, Andy Mack Jr. headed out to groom the trail. Here’s his story and images.

After a good 8″-9″ of white stuff fell Friday, January 17 2014, it was time to make the Adams Pond Trail ready for cross country skiers. This popular trail runs through apple orchards, forest and alongside Adams Pond, a pretty, wild wetland in Londonderry NH.

Getting ready for xc ski trail groomertime on the Adams Pond Trail

The trail grooming equipment is provided by Londonderry Trailways, a local group that maintains hiking/biking/ski trails throughout Londonderry.

Trail Map – Adams Pond Trail – Londonderry Trailways

With Adams pond on your right, cross the bridge over the dam rebuilt by Londonderry Trailways. This will take you to the South orchard l…

After hooking up the sled, which is weighed down with cinderblocks, I put the snowmachine in low and lumbered out across the field and into the woods. New snow is always beautiful on the Adams Pond Connector, the trail that skirts Adams Pond that connects two large apple orchards…

Nice out here. Not much base but good snow as more falls. 31 deg calm. Adams Pond Trail

Click the Instagram link below for a short ride on the snow machine…

Xc ski trail grooming the Tunnel of Enchantment – Adams Pond Trail

The wife followed on cross country skis as we rounded Adams Pond, headed for the little bridge over the dam. Another scenic spot…

Panoramic View: Adams Pond

And still more views as we headed into the apple orchard…

Wintertime color: oak leaves glow on a snowy day in Londonderry, NH

The orchards were alive on this grey day, filled with birds, working mummified apples left over from harvest. A red tailed hawk zipped overhead. There is always wildlife to see on the trail.

Winter panorama: Mack’s U-Pick 2 on a snowy January day

Be sure to visit the trail. The skiing is great. It’s free. Best winter parking: Londonderry Historical Society on Pillsbury Road. The orchard which is the north loop of the trail is across the street. Do both loops and the connector for a good 5k ski. More below via

Cross-Country Ski Trails

The Town Center trails are some of the popular here in town. Groomed throughout the winter, the trails are great for snowshoeing and…


About the author

A Londonderry native, Andy grew up on the family farm and loves everything New Hampshire. Currently working as production director for a group of radio stations in central NH, he can also be heard afternoons on 93.3 The Wolf (country). Andy writes and consults for artists, local businesses and charities, and spends his spare time fishing New Hampshire's waters.
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