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Ascent of Middle Sugarloaf on 2021-03-20

Climber: Scott Burns

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Sugarloaf
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2539 ft / 773 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking across the street was okay. Only half full but once come down it was fully on one side. Not much traffic so walking the road and crossing was not a problem. No spikes until the first bridge. Spikes the entire way. If you go in the morning you will be find. But afternoon you are better with snow shoes once you start the Sugarloaf trail. Walk the road until you get to a parking area for the trail. Do not go onto the cross country trail which will go back to the camping area. Go over bridge and you will find the sign for Sugarloaf trail. Go until junction take left to follow the trail. Cross a snowmobile trail. Continue straight in the woods to follow the trail to the saddle. Great monorails No postholing today. When you get to the ledge and take a left on the trail. It will get icy. As you hiking the back side, there is ice and you need a hiking pole to navigate yourself through it all. Almost used the ice pix in case slip down the side of the trail. Once you are on top. You can go straight for a view to the west. In front is the view of the Presidential. Go do a 360 in a parallels path to the one coming up and this will take you to the ledge. Great views on a blue sky day. Headed back done the same trail. Pass the junction keep going and same thing. Monorails are good. Some areas wind drifts. The ladder is okay to hike up but not down. Once you hike the ladder you are there and continue to the ledge and once again you will see the Presidential range and more. Going down did not post hole but was starting to get mushy.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Sugarloaf Trail
    Start Trailhead:Zealand Road  
Descent Statistics
    Route:reverse
    End Trailhead:Same  



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