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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.
The Guinea Pond Trail
The Guinea Pond Trail

Route: Guinea Pond Trail, Mead Trail

Since I had long been interested in checking out Mt. Israel from the Guinea Pond Trail side, I headed over to Sandwich Notch Road on a cloudy day.

While the Guinea Pond Trail started off in a boring manner at first, it soon departed the high tension power lines and became a nice, gentle walk. Perhaps 15 or 20 minutes into the walk, I reached some nice trailside marshes - the early fall colors brightened up the otherwise gloomy scenery.

Reaching the Mead Trail, I soon crossed the high tension lines and was on my way up the back side of Mt. Israel. The trail was generally gradual as it worked its way generally through hardwoods - the reds of the hobblebush were quite nice.

After reaching the Wentworth Trail and subsequently the Israel summit, I continued down the herd path to the excellent northeastern viewpoint, where I had good views of the lakes and Sandwich Range.

The sun broke out briefly on my descent down the Mead Trail, making for even nicer colors. Once past the marshes on the Guinea Pond Trail, I opted to jog back to the trailhead on the nice footbed.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:44 PM
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Israel
Ascent Commenced: 3:45 PM
Summit Reached: 4:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,320'
Summit Elevation: 2,630'
Distance: 3.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,390'
Hike Ended: 6:10 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:26
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,490'

The Guinea Pond Trail trailhead off Sandwich Notch Road
The Guinea Pond Trail trailhead off Sandwich Notch Road

Looking down the Mead Trail
Looking down the Mead Trail

Hazy views of the Ossipees from the northeastern ledges near the Mt. Israel summit - Click to enlarge
Hazy views of the Ossipees from the northeastern ledges 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, then bear left onto Diamond Ledge Road. Sandwich Notch Road will be on the left a few minutes up this road. On a steep downhill to a bridge crossing with high tension lines in sight, the Guinea Pond Trail trailhead will be on the left. Parking is available on the other side of the bridge, uphill on the left.

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