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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, Orange Trail, Elwell Trail, (Little Sugarloaf), Elwell Trail, (Sugarloaf), White Trail, Green Trail, Orange Trail, Elwell Trail

For the second hike of the afternoon, I headed up to the Newfound Lake area. The Elwell Trail over the the Sugarloaves was mostly dry and snow free. Though cloudy overhead, the views from the peaks were still decent - nice to see unfrozen lake.

For the descent, I decided to take the White Trail off Sugarloaf to Goose Pond. This ended up being pretty much a logging road walk - nothing particularly special this time of year. In hindsight, I probably would have preferred to take the Orange Trail down to the pond from the Sugarloaf col.

Goose Pond was a nice place - geese playing and a beaver swimming around.


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: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Parking Elevation: 620'
Destination: Little Sugarloaf
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 620'
Summit Elevation: 1,002'
Distance: .7 miles
Vertical Gain: 472'
Destination: Sugarloaf
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 1,002'
Summit Elevation: 1,370'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 580'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,542'


The Elwell Trail trailhead
The Elwell Trail trailhead

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

A porcupine near the White Trail off Sugarloaf
A porcupine near the White Trail off Sugarloaf

Goose Pond
Goose Pond

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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