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Eastman Cross Country Ski Trails

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Eastman Cross Country Center boasts over 36 km of impeccably groomed trails that stretch out over the championship golf course, meander through the woods along a crystal-clear brook and glide over rolling hills in John’s Glen.
Trail Activity
Length
15.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Town
Grantham (NH)
Surface
Snow, Groomed
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

Easiest Trails 

Pond Loop (1A): This easy trail is 0.4 miles and is a perfect trail for skiers of all levels. It offers skate and classical skiing on easy rolling terrain and provides access to other trails. 

Practice Loop (1B): This easy trail is 0.3 miles and is located behind the Nordic center. It offers skate and classical skiing on easy rolling terrain and provides access to other trails. 

Croydon Connector (1C): This easy trail is 0.4 miles and serves as a connector to trails 1 and 3. 

Lazy Loop (1): This trail is one of the easiest trails, only 1.1 miles long and is located right out the door of the Cross-Country Center. It offers skate and classical skiing on easy rolling terrain and provides access to other trails. 

Moderate Trails 

Brook Trail (5): The Brook Trail and Troll house are most easily approached by following trails 1 and 4, and descending to trail 5 by the condominiums. The Brook Trail is picturesque, following the beautiful meandering stream that is fed by Eastman Pond. Stop at the Troll House and pick up a token from the Troll's mailbox and bring it back to the Cross-Country Center to be entered into a monthly drawing! The return home continues along the brook and is then followed by a long assent to the Cross-Country Center. 

Croydon Run (3): Croydon Run is 1.8 miles long and starts at the end of the Center parking lot. This trail offers an excellent intermediate experience. Starting along a relatively flat section on trails 1 and 4, Croydon Run offers beautiful views of Mount Croydon before descending rather steeply to a second flat section. Finally, the trail ascends up the sledding hill, returning to the center. Croydon Run is groomed for classical and skate skiing. 

Lake Trail (6) (Pet Friendly): The Lake Trail is 1.5 miles round trip and offers a mile of skiing through rolling hills in the woods. A wonderful trail for the whole family, including 4-legged members. 

Longwood Loop: Longwood Loop is 1.6 miles long and is located off Trail 3, Croydon Run. This trail offers intermediate terrain with a long gradual downhill followed by a long gradual uphill. This loop can be skied in either direction. Longwood loop is groomed for classical and skate skiing. 

Sunrise Crest (4): Sunrise Crest is an excellent trail consisting of mostly intermediate terrain other than one hill known as "Sunrise Hill". Sunrise Hill is steep but has a long run out so that it can be conquered by taking your time. A relatively level section follows the hill. After a short steep assent, the rest of the trail is rolling terrain groomed for classical and skate skiing. Sunrise Crest trail also offers access to trails off of the golf course. 

Difficult Trails 

Bright Slope (7) (Pet Friendly): Trail 7, a narrow un-groomed trail excellent for exploring nature and wildlife. The trail passes through a wetland and rock outcroppings climbing up a very steep rise and joining trail 8 where it descends back to South Cove. This trail is best  for snowshoeing.

Deer Path (8): This is the staff's favorite trail! This trail is 3.2 miles long and takes you deep into the woods and over some excellent varied terrain with spectacular scenery. It is great for snow shoeing as well skiing. At the halfway point, you will come to the Ice Cascades which is an area where frozen water covers the cliffs along the trail. Deer Path also intersects with Trail, 9 John's Glenn for even more skiing. 

Andy’s Alley (10): Andy’s Alley is a narrow trail that is accessed from trail 5 and then runs beside Eastman brook then through wetland and wooded areas. The trail is skiable only with a hard freeze and ample snow cover. The trail is groomed only with a snowmobile and drag. The trail is mostly flat but does have twists and turns and a few short ups and downs. The trail provides access to the John’s Glenn ski area without road crossings. 

Other Information

Eastman is a four-season recreational and residential community in Grantham, NH. Eastman’s 3,700 environmentally protected acres of woodlands offer families, second-home owners and retirees hideaways for homes, condominiums and several yet-to-be developed sites. Eastman’s amenities include a two-mile lake, six beaches, an 18-hole, championship golf course, tennis courts, and 36 kilometers of cross country ski, snowshoe and hiking trails. In addition to skiing and snowshoeing the Eastman Cross Country Center maintains an outdoor skating rink, and groomed sledding hill. Our rental inventory includes classic and skate skis (Rossignol), ski boots (Rossignol), snowshoes and figure and hockey skates. 

  • The trails are owned by the Eastman Community Association and maintained by the association and dedicated community volunteers. 
  • Leave no Trace. Carry out what you carry in. 
  • Trails are open dawn to dusk. 
  • In the winter dogs are not allowed on the groomed trails, except for trails 6 & 7. 
  • No motorized recreation vehicles, fires or camping is allowed. 
  • Parking permits are required to park at trail heads within the community. Free parking permits and restrooms are available at The Center on Club House Lane off Greensward Drive. 
  • Day passes for skiing and snowshoeing can be purchased at The Center. 

For more information on rentals and day pass prices, visit the Eastman XC website.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Eastman Ski website or contact:

Eastman Recreation
P.O. Box 53
Grantham, NH 03753

Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Wash your dishes at least 200 feet away from water sources, use biodegradable soap sparingly, and scatter the dishwater.

Trailhead Information

Nordic Center: From Eastman main entrance just off Old Route 10 near I-89 Exit 13, drive 0.2 miles to circle. Bear right on Greensward Drive, continue 0.4 miles to Clubhouse Lane on the left and arrive at the Nordic Ski Center to get your ski pass at the reception desk on the first floor.

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