Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hiking Gunnison Lake (“The Goshen Ocean”)


Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) hike the three-mile Ruth LeClair Trail around Gunnison Lake, Goshen, NH

Referred by locals as, “The Goshen Ocean,” its formal name is Lake Gunnison.  The lake is man-made and provides opportunity for swimming, hiking, and kayaking. The lake is on the backside of Mt Sunapee, and the view of Mt Sunapee from the Gunnison Lake is spectacular. 

Gunnison Lake is in Goshen, NH.  From nearby Newport, take Route 10-S for a mile or so, and then a left on Rt 31 (an immediate steep hill.)  Gunnison Lake Road is on the left, clearly marked about a mile up Rt 31. Click the below video and join the ORFS as they hike around Gunnison Lake.

The three-mile Ruth LeClair woodland loop trail around the Lake took our group about one hour and thirty minutes.  The Lake is in view all the time. Be careful of roots and mud (during wet times.)  There are many small wooden bridges crossing streams into the Lake. Some of the bridges are planks, and most are rather old, so be careful when crossing.

Who are the ORFS?
The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday year-round at 10 am. In the summer we kayak/canoe, bike, swim and hike. In the fall we hike and bike, and in the winter we snowshoe and cross-country ski. Our trips are from 1-1/2 to 2 hours, followed by lunch.

Directions and location are available for our Tuesday 10 am outings via email and the monthly New London Chapin Senior Center Courier newsletter. To learn more and join, contact the Chapin Senior Center at 357 pleasant Street, PO Box 1263, New London, New Hampshire 03752 or go to their web site at

ORFS is a very informal group and participation is for all outdoor enthusiasts wanting guaranteed good exercise with a friendly fun group.

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