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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 down the Wentworth Trail
Looking down the Wentworth Trail

Route: Wentworth Trail

I decided to stay relatively local for an afternoon hike - Mt. Israel was exactly what I wanted.

While many of the leaves in the upper elevations are gone, there were still decent colors down low on the Wentworth Trail. The ascent was dry, as the high elevation snow the previous day appeared to be limited to areas a few hundred feet higher than Mt. Israel.

The views from the summit were tremendous as usual. Having read the White Mountain Guide before hiking, I saw a mention of a herd path to another view point (from the summit cairn, walk toward Mt. Whiteface, then toward the Ossipees). While it was a bit obscure at first, I was able to pick it up and follow it to another set of ledges that, in my opinion, had superior views - ranging from the Sandwich Dome to the Ossipees to points west of Belknap Mountain. My guess is this herd path is the remnants of the trail that ascended Mt. Israel in the first part of the twentieth century.

What a tremendous 'new' viewpoint - I think I'll be back again soon!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:42 PM
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Israel
Ascent Commenced: 3:45 PM
Summit Reached: 4:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:00
Trailhead Elevation: 950'
Summit Elevation: 2,630'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,780'
Hike Ended: 6:05 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,920'


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

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