Monday, August 29, 2016

Middle Sugarloaf (2539 Ft), North Sugarloaf (2310 Ft)

North Sugarloaf from Middle
STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Twin Mountain
DESTINATION: Middle Sugarloaf, North Sugarloaf
ELEVATION: 2539 Ft., 2310 Ft.
Middle Sugarloaf SUMMIT COORDINATES: 44 15.089, W71 31.036
North Sugarloaf SUMMIT COORDINATES: 44 15.509, W71 31.105
TRAIL: Mt. Sugarloaf Trail, Middle Sugarloaf spur, North Sugarloaf spur
DISTANCE: 3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 820 Ft
HIKING TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes
SEASON: Summer
DATE: August 27, 2016
WEATHER: Sunny, clear, 85 degrees

PARKING:

From route 302 in Twin Mountain look for Zealand campground. Follow Zealand road 1 mile to a parking area on the right. The trailhead is just across the wooden bridge. The Sugarloaf's are a popular hike and the lot fills up quickly. Overflow roadside parking is available on Zealand road. A $3.00 self service parking fee applies.

Drive time from Manchester is approximately 90 minutes.

USGS QUAD: USGS Twin Mountain Quad

MAP: (Middle Sugarloaf), (North Sugarloaf)




DESCRIPTION:

The Mt. Sugarloaf trail enters the woods after crossing the wooden bridge over the Zealand river. The Mt. Sugarloaf trail and Tressle trail parallel the Zealand River for a few hundred yards to a trail junction where the Tressle trail continues straight and the Mt. Sugarloaf trail bears to the left. The well trodden trail is extremely easy to follow as it passes several large glacial erratic boulders. The incline steepens over rocky steps for 0.9 mile to a T junction in the col between the two peaks. Middle Sugarloaf is 0.4 to the left (south) and North Sugarloaf is 0.3 to the right (north). The 0.4 miles to Middle Sugarloaf begins softly following a zigzag pattern before becoming very steep. A wooden staircase leads you up the final pitch to the open faced granite summit of Middle Sugarloaf which offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. South Sugarloaf and Hale are directly to the south. Mt Washington and the Southern Presidential range are directly to the east and North Sugarloaf can be seen to the north.

After absorbing the views return the way you came 0.4 miles to the T junction. North Sugarloaf is a gradual climb 0.3 miles to it's granite summit. North sugarloaf has great directional views that seem weak in comparison to Middle Sugarloaf. Return the way you came.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
Mt. Sugarloaf Trail - T junction 0.9 miles 0.9 miles
T junction - Middle Sugarloaf 0.4 miles 1.3 miles
Middle Sugarloaf- T junction 0.4 miles 1.7 miles
T junction - North Sugarloaf 0.3 miles 2.0 miles
North Sugarloaf- T junction 0.3 miles 2.3 miles
T junction - Parking 0.9 miles 3.2 miles

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
Mt. Sugarloaf Trail - T junction 30 minutes 30 minutes
T junction - Middle Sugarloaf 15 minutes 45 minutes
Middle Sugarloaf- T junction 10 minutes 55 minutes
T junction - North Sugarloaf 10 minutes 1 hour 5 minutes
North Sugarloaf- T junction 7 minutes 1 hour 12 minutes
T junction - Parking 18 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

At 2359 feet, Middle Sugarloaf isn't tall enough to be on any elevation lists and the 1.3 mile journey to it's peak isn't long enough to consider this a solo hike. The open granite slabs on the summit make the views one of the best in the white mountains and Middle Sugarloaf has been placed at #51 on the New Hampshire 52 with a View list. North Sugarloaf is a short and rewarding side trip allowing for two mountain checks on a single hike. I wasn't able to find a distinct bump or any markings defining the North Sugarloaf summit. I suspect the high point is the bump the trail passes just beyond the open ledges and lunch table sized boulder.

Trail junction and spur paths
Stairs leading to Middle Sugarloaf


South Sugarloaf and Mt. Hale

The Rosebrook Range (Bretton Woods)

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