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Mt. Israel
Sandwich, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Wentworth Trail
Looking up the Wentworth Trail

Route: Wentworth Trail

It was finally time for a Mt. Israel sunrise hike. Ever since finding the northeast ledges, I had wanted to see the sunrise from that vista. I had planned to do it a few times, however weather and sleep tended to interfere. Not today.

I was a bit vexed to see the Mead Base Camp access road wasn't completely plowed - it had been plowed earlier in the winter, however at this point there was a snowbank in my way, adding about 5 minutes to the beginning of the hike.

After passing the water crossings, I turned off my headlamp and continued my ascent by moonlight. As I climbed, I noted what seemed to be fresh moose tracks. Reaching the false summit, I heard some walking ahead of me - the crunching of my snowshoes on the frozen granular snow must have woken him (or her) up. As I neared the summit, I noted the tracks descended down the Mead Trail - smart moose! Reaching the summit, I could see some great colors in the horizon. Reaching my favorite northeast view ledge, I was pleased to see an undercast had settled in the valley, making the Ossipee Mountains appear like an island.

The best colors of the sunrise were early on, with deep pinks and purples. Nonetheless, there were great colors for over half an hour - in fact, I ran out viewing time!

The descent was pleasant, as temperatures continued to warm and the sunlight started to creep out. What a nice morning!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Israel
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 5:29 AM
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Israel
Ascent Commenced: 5:34 AM
Summit Reached: 6:29 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 950'
Summit Elevation: 2,630'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,780'
Hike Ended: 7:56 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:27
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,970'


Wentworth Trail trailhead at the Mead Base Camp
Wentworth Trail trailhead at the Mead Base Camp

The Sandwich Range as seen from the Mt. Israel summit - Click to enlarge
The Sandwich Range as seen from the Mt. Israel summit

The sunrise as seen from near the Mt. Israel summit - Click to enlarge
The sunrise as seen from near the Mt. Israel summit

Undercast and the Ossipees as seen from near the Mt. Israel summit - Click to enlarge
Undercast and the Ossipees as seen from near the Mt. Israel summit

Topographic map of Mt. Israel - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 into Center Sandwich. Route 113 will enter on your right and bear left shortly thereafter. Go straight onto Grove Street instead, bear left onto Diamond Ledge Road. Parking at the Mead Camp.

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