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Sugarloaf

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (10)

A moderate hike to excellent views, particularly of Mount Washington.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

2,532' 772 m

High

1,668' 508 m

Low

868' 265 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly A short hike with moderate inclines and scenic views.

The trailhead does not in fact leave from the parking area but instead is on the south side of the bridge right near the parking area.

Description

To start note that the Trestle trailhead does not connect to the parking area but is in fact on the opposite side of the bridge right near the parking area. You'll hike briefly on the Trestle trail before forking to the left to continue up along the Sugarloaf trail. Sugarloaf trail is well maintained and easy to follow but only occasionally marked by yellow blazes.

Shortly after starting along the Sugarloaf trail you'll cross a snowmobile trail. Continuing onward it'll be mostly flat for the first quarter mile or so. You'll then pass through a cool small boulder field and continuing on you'll hit one of the steeper parts of this trail around 0.5 miles from the trailhead.

At 0.75 from the Sugarloaf trailhead you'll hit a fork to either North or Middle Sugarloaf mountains. If you have time explore both! The spur to North sugarloaf is about 0.8 miles round trip and is mapped separately on Hiking Project.

Continuing on the Sugarloaf trail takes you the remainder of the way up to the summit of Middle Sugarloaf. Round trip to the summit of Middle Sugarloaf from the previously mentioned fork is about 1 mile. You'll come across two major steeper sections but generally it's not a challenging trip to the summit of Middle Sugarloaf.

At the summit walk around on the exposed rocks where you can get expansive views in nearly all directions. Look towards the east for an awesome view of Mount Washington.

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Shared By:

Marshall Bronfin with improvements by Danica Bays

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in Carroll

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You'll pass through a small boulder field on the way up the Sugarloaf Trail
Sep 15, 2020 near Deerfield, NH
Looking south from Middle Sugarloaf towards South Sugarloaf and Mount Hale.
Sep 15, 2020 near Deerfield, NH

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Feb 5, 2021
NH Hiker95
Relatively easy if sometimes steep climb to Middle Sugarloaf, featuring 360 views of the region.
Jan 17, 2021
Jamie Marshall
Sep 27, 2020
Tessa Woods
Sat at the top. Did the north loop as well and sat on the mountain for a little — 3h 30m
Jul 12, 2019
Nick Schubert
May 5, 2019
Josee Locas
Oct 8, 2018
Jaryth Bollinger
Aug 12, 2018
Aleksandar Petakov