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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 Wentworth Trail
The Wentworth Trail

Route: Wentworth Trail

Was thinking this would be a quick afternoon stroll, but that all changed when I discovered no one had been up here since last week's storm. There was a foot or so of snow on top of the previous footbed, with a crust on top, making for snow going.
The trail now has a nice footbed for snowshoeing (though a moose attempted to posthole part of it whilst I was up on the summit). Microspiking this right now would be a foolhardy endeavor, as the broken trail was a sugar snow that wouldn't set up overnight. In addition, there are some areas of deep snowpack up on the ridge that would result in epic postholing without snowshoes.
I also broke out the herdpath from the summit cairn to the fantastic eastern ledges, where you can see Red Hill, the Belknaps, the Ossipees, Pleasant Mountain in Maine, Chocorua, Tripyramids, etc.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, March 24, 2014
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Israel
Time Elapsed: 01:48
Trailhead Elevation: 950'
Summit Elevation: 2,630'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,780'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:34
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,920'

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

The Sandwich Range as seen from the northeastern ledges near the Mt. Israel summit - Click to enlarge
The Sandwich Range as seen from the northeastern ledges near the Mt. Israel summit

Topographic map of Mt. Israel

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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