STATE: New Hampshire
DESTINATION: Mt. Sunapee
ELEVATION: 2726 Ft
TRAIL: Rim Trail, Newbury Trail, Solitude Trail
DISTANCE: 2.6 miles
HIKING TIME: 3 hours Round Trip
DATE: November 8, 2008
WEATHER: Cool, Crisp, Clear
PARKING: From Rt. 103 follow signs for Mt. Sunapee ski area. turn into the first parking lot on the left and look for the Mt. Sunapee Access road going up and behind the parking lot which leads to Mt. Sunapee State Park. Follow this road past the state park to a small parking area at the end of the road. The summit is located outside one of the summit buildings and marked with a medium sized cairn.
DESCRIPTION: The Rim Trail ascends steeply to the merge with the Newbury Trail. The steep incline continues a few tenths of a mile then becomes more moderate and gradual once you reach the ridge. You will soon reach Sunapee South Peak the trail ups and downs then reaches the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway on the left. Ascend steeply along the Newbury Trail to White Ledges which is a steep ledge looking down to lake Solitude. The Sunapee Summit is another mile on the Solitude Trail.
Rim Trail - Newbury Trail = 0.3 Mi.
Newbury Trail - Solitude Trail = 1.3 Mi.
Solitude Trail - Summit = 1.0 Mi.
NOTES / COMMENTS: White ledges are a highlight of the journey and worth a visit alone. The summit is a mile away over easy terrain and certainly motivation to continue. A detailed map can be found at the Mt. Sunapee State Park website.