Friday, July 13, 2018

Mt. Israel (2620 Feet)

Approaching the  Mt. Israel summit
STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Sandwich
DESTINATION:Mt. Israel
ELEVATION: 2620 Feet
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N43 50.741, W71 28.316
TRAIL: Wentworth trail
DISTANCE: 4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1480 feet
HIKING TIME: 1 hour 40 minutes
SEASON: Summer
DATE: July 11, 2018
WEATHER: 80 degrees, clear

PARKING: Parking can be found at the Mead House Conservation Center at the end of Diamond Ledge Rd. N43 49.715, W71 29.035.

Drive time from Manchester is 1 hour 45 minutes

USGS QUAD: Center Sandwich Quad

MAP: (Mt. Israel)
Wentworth Trail to Mt. Israel


DESCRIPTION: The Wentworth trail starts at the log gate and heads into the woods behind the Mead house. It appears to follow a former artifact as I found evidence of metal stakes or posts in the ground at lower elevations. The trail parallels a stone wall then ascends steeply and unrelentingly for 1.5 miles. The trail is well trodden and easy to follow although there are several blowdowns that need to be navigated over or around. At 2350 feet there is a directional outlook with excellent views towards Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding hills. The steep ascent continues a few tenths of a mile before reaching a 2618 foot sub-peak. The summit is a short distance away over easy terrain. You've ascended almost 1500 feet in 2 miles making this peak feel much taller than 2620 feet. The panoramic views from the summit are worth the effor.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
Mead House - Summit 2.0 2.0
Summit - Mead House 2.0 4.0

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
Mead House - Summit 1 hour 1 hour
Summit - Mead House 40 minutes 1 hour 40 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

Mt Israel is deceiving in elevation (2620 Feet) and trail distance (2.0 miles to summit) and appears to be a easy summit to attain. The rise is 1500 feet from parking putting it as the 54th most prominent peak in NH. In addition the open summit and panoramic views give merit for it's inclusion as #46 on the NH 52 With a View list. The summit is obvious and includes a cairn at the highpoint.

Mead House Conservation Center

Views from Mt. Israel


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