2017-06-14 / Rockingham

Pinnacle cabin celebration postponed until October

The public is invited to celebrate the reopening on June 17 of the newly renovated Pinnacle Cabin.  — COURTESY PHOTOThe public is invited to celebrate the reopening on June 17 of the newly renovated Pinnacle Cabin. — COURTESY PHOTOWESTMINSTER — The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association [WHPA] is postponing a scheduled June 17 Cabin Celebration until a date to be determined in October.

Holden Trail and the private access road — along which refreshments, chairs, and those who cannot hike to the site must be transported — are too wet for pleasant and safe travel at this time, according to a press release from WHPA trail-maintenance experts. Organizers have determined that, even if it does not rain from now until the previously-scheduled June 17 opening date, both the trail and access road will still be too muddy for Pinnacle to responsibly encourage their use.

By postponing the celebration until a Saturday in October, the Pinnacle Association hopes to have drier weather.

WHPA’s iconic Pinnacle Cabin, a log-and-stone shelter was renovated in 2016. A grand reopening celebration had been scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday June 17.

Once the October date is announce, visitors can revel with friends, refreshments, and music at the renovated cabin and its overlook; meet master builders and stone masons Phil and Izaac Pellerin; volunteer Oliver Brody, who designed, fabricated, and installed the new windows; and numerous other volunteers and donors who made the improvements possible.

The rustic shelter is on one of the most popular trails in the Pinnacle Association’s 25-mile system that runs from Putney Mountain to Grafton. The cabin and its overlook at the end of Holden Trail in Westminster are a favorite destination for hikers of all ages.

Limited transportation will be available for those who cannot walk to the site. Participants should wear hiking shoes and bring clothing for cooler weather.

Those who wish to attend may check www.windmillhillpinnacle.org in late August to see the new date, as well as other programs. WHPA regrets any inconvenience the wet weather may have caused.

To learn about the history of the cabin, its major restoration, and how to reserve it for an overnight, visit http://www.windmillhillpinnacle.org/pages/support/cabin/factsheet.html.

More information about programs, trail maps, and directions is also available at www.windmillhillpinnacle.org. Pinnacle is also on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/windmillhillpinnacle/.

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