Dan Newton, president of the Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association (better known around here as WVAIA) will lead a family-friendly hike to Goodrich Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Meet at the Town Square gazebo by 9 a.m.
After meeting in Town Square, the group will reconvene at Depot Camp to begin the hike starting on the Greeley Ponds Trail for 0.9 miles to the Goodrich Rock Trail. After another 0.8 miles on this trail, steeply uphill at first, then meandering thorough pleasant forest and interweaving the giant Davis Boulders, the group will arrive at a ladder attached to a massive boulder – Goodrich Rock! Dan will oversee the group as everyone gets a chance to climb the ladder – using caution – to the top of Goodrich Rock, the largest glacial erratic boulder in New Hampshire.
What is a glacial erratic?
The most recent ice advance occurred during the Pleistocene (ply-sto-seen) Epoch, which is a unit of geologic time that began about 2.6 million years ago. The world’s climate had cooled enough to allow snow to accumulate into huge sheets of ice that covered much of the northern half of North America. Here in New England, the continental glacier flowed southward from present day Labrador. As this ice flowed over our hills and mountains, it broke off pieces of rock from the underlying bedrock. Some these rocks were quite large, including the HUGE Goodrich Rock!
Images from wvaia.com.