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Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf
Alexandria, NH

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

Route: Elwell Trail, (Little Sugarloaf), Elwell Trail, (Sugarloaf), Elwell Trail, Little Sugarloaf view loop, Elwell Trail, Orange Trail

Watching the radar, I found an opening to the west and thus headed toward Newfound Lake. After driving through rain, blue sky appeared as I pulled into the Elwell Trail parking lot.

The mosquitoes were a bit rough down low. After applying some deet, I headed up the rest of the way to Little Sugarloaf. Though ledgy in a few places, the terrain was never particularly steep. After passing near a false summit, I soon reached the true summit. Just a bit downhill from it, there was a spur trail with nice lake views.

Continuing from Little Sugarloaf, the Elwell Trail dropped somewhat steeply into a col, went over a few ups and downs, then climbed up to Sugarloaf proper, passing a cairn. There was higher land not too far beyond the cairn, as well as excellent views of Newfound Lake.

For the return trip, I opted to take the view spur trail around the top of Little Sugarloaf. A few minutes after that, back on the Elwell Trail, I took a left onto the Orange Trail, opting for better footing and a few less mosquitoes.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, June 3, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:13 PM
Parking Elevation: 620'
Destination: Little Sugarloaf
Ascent Commenced: 4:13 PM
Summit Reached: 4:35 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 620'
Summit Elevation: 1,002'
Distance: .7 miles
Vertical Gain: 472'
Destination: Sugarloaf
Ascent Commenced: 4:35 PM
Summit Reached: 5:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 1,002'
Summit Elevation: 1,370'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 580'
Hike Ended: 5:49 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,292'


The Elwell Trail trailhead
The Elwell Trail trailhead

Looking at Newfound Lake from near the summit of Little Sugarloaf - Click to enlarge
Looking at Newfound Lake from near the summit of Little Sugarloaf

Looking up the Elwell Trail on the way Sugarloaf
Looking up the Elwell Trail on the way Sugarloaf

Looking at Newfound Lake from Sugarloaf - Click to enlarge
Looking at Newfound Lake from Sugarloaf

Topographic map of Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Bristol, take US 3A North, then take a left onto West Shore Road. Continue right on West Shore Road when Caridgan Mountain Road branches off straight. Shortly after passing the Alexandria town line, the Elwell Trail parking lot entrance road will be on the left. The Elwell Trail trailhead is at the corner of this parking lot.

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