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Sunapee Mountain Out-and-Back

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A somewhat challenging hike to the summit of Mount Sunapee.

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5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

Out and Back

2,705' 824 m

High

1,169' 356 m

Low

1,576' 480 m

Up

1,575' 480 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

80%

Max Grade (39°)

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Overview

Parking here is limited but getting there early to get a spot is worth it. The hike is a bit of a challenge but the views from Eagle's Nest as well as the summit.

Description

Park at on the Newbury side of the park to start of the Newbury Trail. The trail climbs steeply early on. At a large rock cairn in the middle of the trail about 0.3 miles in there is a trail that heads off toward Eagle's Nest. The Eagle's Nest Spur is a quick side trip to a nice overlook of Lake Sunapee and Newbury.

Continue up the trail which follows the ridgeline up South Peak. Here the grade mellows for a while before reaching the junction of Andrew Brook Trail, Solitude Trail, and Monadnock - Sunapee Greenway: Section 6. Take a quick side trip down to Solitude Lake to enjoy the views.

Continue climbing, now via Solitude Trail to reach the summit. Here the trail get just a bit steeper as it ascends the summit. Enjoy the views from the top before heading back.

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Lake Solitude via the North End of the Monadnock - Sunapee Greenway Trail
Nov 2, 2019 near Newbury, NH
Looking south from Sunapee towards the greenway.
Feb 27, 2020 near Newbury, NH

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