Shelters & Camping

 

 We have three open shelters on our trail network that skiers use during the day for a dry place to sit down for a rest or a picnic. Two of them are available for overnight camping year-round, and are often rented by Wapack Trail hikers. Reservations are required. Please call 603-878-2869 to make a reservation. We do not take reservations by email. There is an $10 fee per person with a $30 minimum charge (Exception: one person is only $20). The maximum charge is $100. To complete your reservation you need to send a non-refundable $30 deposit to Windblown, 1180 Turnpike Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071. You will not need to check in when you arrive. Please pay the balance of what you owe by leaving a check in the mailbox located by the Windblown sign on Rte.124. Renters may park in our main parking lot. Please do not drive your vehicles beyond the main parking lot, (located next to the big green building). 

Note:  Toilet paper is provided in the outhouses in the winter only. Winter use is restricted to skiers and snowshoers with trail tickets.

Please call us if you have a large group interested in field camping in Spring, Summer, or Fall.


The Valley View Shelter is nestled in the woods on a knoll overlooking a ravine with a small stream. Six to eight campers can sleep under the roof and there are a few good tent sites as well. A fire pit with firewood is in front and an outhouse is in the back. Renters are permitted to park in our main parking lot. Water is available from the stream just below the shelter unless it is a particularly dry period - which is certainly possible. If you need water and the stream is dry, hike to the "Barn" on the trail map, just above the "Swimming Pond". There is a hydrant located on the far left corner with well water. Caution: The hydrant is not a pump. To operate it, lift the handle up as far as it goes and be sure to leave it in the down position when you are done. You may need to disconnect a garden hose first.


Directions to the Valley View Shelter:

Hiking from the south on the Wapack Trail - On the top of Barrett Mountain watch for the sign for shelter renters on the right at an opening in a stone wall. To get to the shelter leave the Wapack here by going through the stonewall and turn left onto the wide ski trail that heads north , turn right at the sign that says Valley View Renters with an arrow. This is a snowshoe trail in winter. You will cross two more ski trails on the way down the east side of Barrett Mountain. At the bottom turn right (south) onto a ski trail (Valley Trail) and in about 50 yards you will see the Valley View Shelter up on a knoll to the left (east).

Hiking from the north on the Wapack Trail - You will enter Windblown property at the sign on Route 124. Follow the Wapack Trail about 1/4 mile along the ski trail called Stagecoach Road. When you reach the yellow ski trail sign for Old Logging Road turn left. At the end of the Old Logging Road stay right at the fork and continue straight onto the Pond Loop trail. At the southern end of the Pond Loop, go straight ahead onto the Valley Trail. Go south about 150 yards and you will see the Valley View Shelter up on a knoll to the left (east).

From the Windblown Parking Lot - Walk back to the entrance road and turn left onto the Wapack Trail. Follow directions from the north above.  

 

The Mountain Top Shelter is on the top of Barrett Mountain facing distant views to the north and west. It is an Adirondack style shelter that sleeps six campers.  There is an  outhouse  but no water. Fires are permitted except in dry periods. For most of the year, water is available from a stream by hiking east down Barrett Mountain half way down to where a wide ski trail crosses and there is a small bridge. If you need water and the stream is dry, hike to the "Barn" on the trail map, just above the "Swimming Pond". There is a hydrant located on the far left corner with well water. Caution: The hydrant is not a pump. To operate it, lift the handle up as far as it goes and be sure to leave it in the down position when you are done. You may need to disconnect a garden hose first.

Directions to the Mountain Top Shelter:  

Hiking from the south on the Wapack Trail - On the top of Barrett Mountain watch for the sign for shelter renters on the right at an opening in a stone wall. To get to the shelter leave the Wapack here by going through the stonewall and turn left onto the wide ski trail that heads north. The shelter will be on the right in about 100 yards.

Hiking from the north on the Wapack Trail - You will enter Windblown property at the sign on Route 124. Follow the Wapack Trail until you are most of the way up Barrett Mountain. Look for the red sign on the left that says Shelter Renters. Turn left (east) there and follow that trail to the shelter.

From the Windblown Parking Lot - Walk back to the entrance road and turn left onto the Wapack Trail. Follow directions from the north above.  

 

Special Notice to Wapack Trail Hikers:

The Wapack Trail passes through Windblown property and many other privately owned lands. Our neighbor closed the section of the Wapack Trail that crossed his land just to the east of Windblown which included Stony Top and the Old Farm Trail. The Wapack Trail has been re-routed through Windblown. Please honor private property signs.


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