Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: BETA Request for Downs Brook in Sandwich Range

  1. #1
    Junior Member mthayr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2022
    Location
    Swansea, MA
    Posts
    2

    BETA Request for Downs Brook in Sandwich Range

    Good morning, I'm new here.

    I'm taking a couple friends (new-ish hikers) on a loop of Passaconoway and Whiteface hoping to camp overnight around the intersections of Downs Brook and Kate Sleepers trails. Trying to avoid carrying two days water in and wondering if anyone knows if Downs Brook is running or if the pond would make an OK water source?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Concord, NH
    Posts
    257
    You'll probably want to keep an eye on this as well:

    http://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Ipswich, MA
    Posts
    831
    IME the stream is pretty reliable nearly all the way to the ridge but accessing the pond could be hit or miss. Pretty swampy shoreline.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    7,500
    I did a loop over from Trypyramids over Kate Sleeper trail and down Downes brook about 6 weeks ago. There is zero camping options at the intersection of Kate Sleeper trail and Downes Brook trail as this area was impacted by the very large blowdown event that occurred 15 or so years ago. The top of Downes Brook trail is loaded with blowdowns and is somewhat tedious to pick through. A key sign was on the ground at the intersection. Heading towards Whiteface gets out of the blowdown and the woods are bit more open but remember this is wilderness area so 200 feet from the trail. The brook is generally very reliable all the way to the top.

  5. #5
    Senior Member maineguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    730
    As was previously addressed in an earlier thread, there is no 200 foot rule for the Kate Sleeper and Downes Brook Trails even though they lie within the Sandwich Range Wilderness area. Reference was WMNF map as well as the Camping Rules Brochure.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    7,500
    I will let the can of worms lie

  7. #7
    Junior Member mthayr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2022
    Location
    Swansea, MA
    Posts
    2
    Wait... are you saying that i CAN'T camp right on the intersection of the two trails?!?! 200 feet? What's that, like 10 paces?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •