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NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
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.
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The Guinea Pond Trail trailhead off Sandwich Notch Road
Looking down the Mead Trail
Hazy views of the Ossipees from the northeastern ledges near 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, 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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