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Trip Log


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

My original intent was to do a sunset hike in the Belknaps, however I decided I'd rather hike something closer to home.

The Mead Base Camp parking area was partially plowed, eliminating the sometimes-necessary short roadwalk. I was a bit surprised by the lack of snow on the southern slope of the mountain - my snowshoes ended up going for a ride on my backpack. The packed trail had maybe 1-3" of spring snow until I reached the ridge. As such, it was slow going, as it was hard to get a good grip with each step. Fortunately, winter conditions resumed when I reached the ridge.

Reaching the summit, the Sandwich Range was being overtaken by clouds. In addition, the skies to the west were progressively clouding. Checking the time, I saw I'd have a good 30-45 minute wait for what seemed to be a noneset instead of a sunset. Thus, with a biting cold breeze, I opted to call it a day rather than loiter. I also opted to skip the short walk over to the eastern viewpoint, as it wasn't broken out and I didn't want to go through the effort of putting on my snowshoes for 5 minutes of use. Instead, I was able to make it back to the parking lot before needing a headlamp.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:30 PM
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Israel
Ascent Commenced: 3:31 PM
Summit Reached: 4:35 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:04
Trailhead Elevation: 950'
Summit Elevation: 2,630'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,780'
Hike Ended: 5:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:04
Hike Distance: 4.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,890'

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

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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