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North Sugarloaf, Middle Sugarloaf
Bethlehem, NH

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

Route: Trestle Trail, Sugarloaf Trail, (North Sugarloaf viewpoint), Sugarloaf Trail, (Middle Sugarloaf), Sugarloaf Trail, Trestle Trail

With a less than optimal forecast for clouds and rain, I saw a better day on the radar and satellite, so I decided to head up to Mt. Hale for a hike. Dealing with some back pain and seeing fairly nice weather, I turned around just before the Mt. Hale trailhead and decided to give the Sugarloaves a try.

The Trestle Trail was fairly easy going - a short, fairly level riverside walk. Soon, the Sugarloaf Trail branched left. The first portion of this trail was somewhat muddy, though there were plenty of little herd paths around the messy sections.

Soon, the trail started to rise somewhat steeply, arriving at the ridge after awhile. I decided to go to the lower peak, North Sugarloaf, first.

The trail dropped down a bit, then climbed up again, arriving at a nice viewpoint. While I was skeptical of this being the summit, I didn't see any evidence of the trail continuing. Had I researched this hike (rather than doing it as a spur of the moment thing), I would have known that I was a bit below the summit, which was apparently a little bit south. Nonetheless, the directional views from the ledge were excellent.

My second stop was Middle Sugarloaf. Back at the junction, the trail started off gradually, before ascending somewhat steeply in a few sections (including a stairway).

The vast ledgy summit featured excellent views in nearly all directions - I couldn't help but hang out for awhile and take in the views under partly sunny skies.

A botched weather forecast in my favor!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: North Sugarloaf
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Middle Sugarloaf
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:34 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,644'
Destination: North Sugarloaf
Ascent Commenced: 4:35 PM
View Ledge Reached: 5:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,644'
Ledge Elevation: 2,300'
Vertical Gain: 716'
Destination: Middle Sugarloaf
Ascent Commenced: 5:10 PM
Summit Reached: 5:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300'
Summit Elevation: 2,539'
Vertical Gain: 419'
Hike Ended: 6:26 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,205'


The Trestle Trail trailhead on Zealand Road
The Trestle Trail trailhead on Zealand Road

Looking at Mt. Tom and Mt. Field from near the North Sugarloaf summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tom and Mt. Field from near the North Sugarloaf summit

Looking up the Sugarloaf Trail near the Middle Sugarloaf summit
Looking up the Sugarloaf Trail near the Middle Sugarloaf summit

Looking at the Presidentials from near the Middle Sugarloaf summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from near the Middle Sugarloaf summit

Topographic map of North Sugarloaf, Middle Sugarloaf


Directions to trailhead: From Bretton Woods, take Route 302 West, then take a left onto Zealand Road. The parking area for the Sugarloaf Trail is on the right shortly after the campground, just before a bridge. The Trestle Trail trailhead is just after the bridge on the left.

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