B18 Bomber Crash Site Via Walker Brook
If you're looking for a challenging and interesting trail this might be the one for you. I took my 10 year old son on this trail last Saturday and it was nothing short of challenging. All Trails rates this trail as hard and I would have to agree with this rating. The trail is not maintained and very hard to follow. It is marked with surveyor tape, bandannas and whatever else hikers have found to help mark the trail. If it wasn't for the All Trails App we would have never made it to the site and probably would have had to turn around.
"Somewhere between the start of the trail and the end is the mystery why we choose to walk." -Unknown
At first the trail seems relatively easy as it simply follows Walker Brook Rd but once you reach the crossing of the brook it gets a little trickier. Between snow melt and rain the previous day of our hike the brook was pretty high and there wasn't a good place to cross. There is not a bridge or any type of man made crossing just rock hoping. Unfortunately for us the brook was moving too fast and was to high to find any decent rocks to hop on. I put my rubber shoe covers on my son and i went bare foot with my pants rolled (not the best, or smartest idea) and we trudged across the brook to the other side. Luckily we found a shallower location to cross on the way back. After crossing the brook it was an up hill battle. The trail went up a little mountain stream and was a little muddy and rocky but manageable. We came across a stunning waterfall and snapped a few photos before continuing our journey up. After losing the trail a couple times we finally made it to the crash site.
The crash site was definitely worth the trek up. Pieces of the wreckage are scattered all through out the woods. A memorial was created for the soldiers that lost their lives in the crash. Surprisingly one even managed to survive. The memorial had two plaques mounted to a couple rocks and flags have been placed all around the site.
The hike down was much easier than on the way up. The trail was more distinguished and easier to follow as well.
This was a very difficult hike simply because of the lack of maintenance and marking of the trail, but definitely worth it. It was great quality time with my son and history lesson for both of us. I suggest starting this trail early to give yourself plenty of time to navigate and make your way up.
B18 Bomber Trail:
Location: Woodstock, NH
Elevation Gain: 1571 ft
Distance: 5 miles out and back
Time Frame: 3-4 hours moving
"In every walk with nature ones receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir