|View from Middle Sugarloaf Mountain, NH|
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Adventure: Middle and North Sugarloaf Mountains, Twin Mountain, NH
|Trailhead sign to Sugarloaf Mountains|
Getting there: The trailhead is located on Zealand Road (on the South Side of Route 302). I took 93 North from Southern New Hampshire, took exit 35 to Route 3 North, and merged onto 302 East. About 2 miles after the Rt 3/302 junction, turn right onto Zealand Road (large sign for Zealand campground). Drive past the Sugarloaf campground entrances and park at the trailhead (sign). If you drive over the bridge, you've gone too far.
There are no bathrooms at the trailhead (but are at nearby campground). There is a $3 per day cost to park at the trailhead.
|Rock steps on trail.|
Middle Sugarloaf had amazing 200° views of the Presedential Ridge and foothills. We enjoyed laying out on the granite slab and soaking up the sun while enjoying our snacks and water.
From Middle Sugarloaf, we descended the 0.5 miles to the junction and continued straight to summit North Sugarloaf. From the junction, this portion travels 0.4 miles up 200 feet to the summit of the north peak (2310 ft). This had another awesome view and plenty of room to lounge in the sun.
We descended the way we came in - returning to the junction and hiking down the Sugarloaf Trail. We stopped for a cool dip in the river before returning to our cars.
|River near trailhead|
Difficulty: This is an easy to moderate trail hike for the White Mountain region. It was a perfect start to my summer hiking season (I might have gotten a little out of shape), and it was easy for my puppy, Summit, to handle (with the exception of the stairs). I recommend this for any hiker looking for great views at a low cost.
Distance: Approximately 3.2 miles round trip - longer if you leave from the campgrounds.
- Remember to bring $3 for parking at the trailhead.
- There is no cell service at the trailhead. If you are meeting someone there, make sure they are aware that the trailhead is AFTER the Sugarloaf Campgrounds.
- This is a perfect hike for a busy summer weekend when all the better known trails are crowded. You won't have to fight for a spot on the summit!
- Bring plenty of water (at least 1 L per person), a warm/waterproof layer, AMC trail map, and First Aid Kit.
- Enjoy a lunch/snack break on one of the summits.
|Summit the dog on the summit|
Sarah recommended the perfect hike to start our summer hiking season. With great views, river soaks, and manageable terrain - don't forget to explore some of the smaller peaks in the White Mountains this season!
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|View from North Sugarloaf Mountain.|