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Waterville Valley, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Sandwich Mountain Trail
Route: Sandwich Mountain Trail, (Sandwich Mountain), Sandwich Mountain Trail
With a nice, bluebird spring day, finally, I headed up to Waterville Valley for a mid afternoon hike. Starting at the trailhead, I headed down to the brook crossing and found some rocks to hop across. While the lower portion of the trail was soft, the upper parts were still rock hard with a bunch of postholes. Nonetheless, the weather was nice, as were the views.
Reaching the summit, Mt. Washington and the Franconias were easily seen. In addition, thanks to the snowpack, parts of the Lakes Region could be seen over the trees.
While I had planned to ascend Jennings Peak, the subpar postholed trail conditions slowed me enough to decide to skip it. Nonetheless I was able to make it out before dark. Rather than recross the somewhat tricky brook crossing, I opted to do a short bushwhack along the shore and cross via the highway bridge.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Sandwich Mountain Trail trailhead near Route 49
Looking at Mt. Washington from Sandwich Dome
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 49 toward Waterville Valley. Take a right less than a mile before (south of) Tripoli Road. The small WMNF fee parking lot is straight ahead. The Sandwich Mountain Trail trailhead is located just before the parking lot on the right.
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