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Sugarloaf
Stratford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Looking up the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Route: Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

With the Quebec wildfires filling up the state with smoke, conditions weren't particularly great for hiking. Surprisingly, though in theory closer to Canada, the smoke wasn't quite as bad as in the Lakes Region. Nonetheless, we chose to take it easy on the ascent, as to minimize the effects of breathing in the smoke.

The Sugarloaf Mountain Trail trailhead was slightly tricky to find, but nonetheless fairly obvious - a wooden post with a "CT" trailmarker pointed up the grassy driveway to a cabin. In addition, there was a "Sugarloaf Mt. Trail" sign offset from the road slightly, also to the left of this driveway.

Continuing straight past the cabin and through a gate, we followed the snowmobile/old Jeep road of a trail uphill. Though never wicked steep, it was nonetheless a grind. While there weren't any view ledges along the way, there were nonetheless some views from the trail, as well as the old cabin clearing.

Reaching the ledgy summit, we had views in nearly all directions. Though very limited due to the smoke, the views were quite interesting - the Presidentials were standing over a smoke undercast.

After an extended stay on the summit, we headed back into the lower elevation smoke.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 31, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,530'
Destination: Sugarloaf
Ascent Commenced: 8:47 AM
Summit Reached: 10:09 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,530'
Summit Elevation: 3,710'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,190'
Hike Ended: 11:50 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:03
Hike Distance: 4.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,200'


The Sugarloaf Mountain Trail trailhead
The Sugarloaf Mountain Trail trailhead

Looking up the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Looking up the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Looking at the Percy Peaks, as well as the Presidentials in a smoke undercast, from Sugarloaf - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Percy Peaks, as well as the Presidentials in a smoke undercast, from Sugarloaf




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