When It Snows...
We keep paddling :)
“I don’t hate it” he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; “I don’t. I don’t! I don’t hate it! I don’t hate it!” ~William Faulkner-Absalom, Absalom!
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~John Steinbeck- In Search of Charley
Winter in New England can be harsh, but those that make our home here can’t help but take a certain pride in it. Bare trees stand stoically against a motionless sky, and a blanket of snow lends a stark beauty to the rugged landscape. As the initial shock of cold quickly fades, we venture out to experience the unique opportunities winter on the North Shore offers.
Seemingly endless miles of trails lie within a twenty minute drive from almost anywhere on the North Shore, and snowshoes are a great way to explore them all! This season, Coast to Coast Paddle will be offering snowshoe rentals from Atlas and MSR. With both adult and youth sizes, we have the right equipment for your half-day, full-day, or even multi-day adventure! We’ll give suggestions for trails based on the amount of time, difficulty, and scenery that you’re looking to explore. Check out Essex County Greenbelt and The Trustees of Reservations to see how many different places there are for day hikes in the area.
In addition to snowshoes, we are fully stocked with a line of sleds from classical wooden toboggans to saucers, foam sliders, and inflatables. The kids will love these sleds so much they’ll want to stay out for hours, so keep yourself warm with our line of technical winter apparel by RipZone andPowderRoom. Their line of waterproof and breathable jackets and pants will keep you so comfortable and dry that you might sneak a few runs down the hill yourself!
Snowshoe Rental Rates
Each additional day: $10
Trekking Poles: $5/pair
Below is our map of just some of our favorite snowshoeing trails! To use the map, make sure you're signed into your google account, then click on the star after the title below. Once you've done this, the map will be placed within your Google Maps. Simply open Google Maps, click on the menu, then "Your Places", then scroll down to where it says "Maps" and click on "Coast to Coast Paddle Snowshoeing Map". We'll be adding to it all the time so you can make sure you explore all of the local trails!
When using the map below, click on the menu button to the left of the title. This will allow you to toggle on and off the different routes that are available so you can focus on just the one you're interested in. On your phone, after you've opened the map, click on the menu again (3 horizontal bars) and click the "i" next to the Coast to Coast Paddle map. This will bring up a separate index which will let you toggle on and off the different routes while navigating on your phone.