Ascent of Middle Sugarloaf on 2012-10-19

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Friday, October 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Middle Sugarloaf
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2539 ft / 773 m

Ascent Trip Report

Middle and North Sugarloaf are two great, easy little mountains. It's about an hour up the Sugarloaf trail to the trail junction if you take it slow. The trail up to the junction is a pretty easy grade. The only somewhat steep part has a set of rock steps, but those probably aren't even needed. About 1/3 of the way up there are a few places where there is a variety of interesting large boulders. Very pretty forest throughout the trip to up in the fall. Lots of bright yellows in the trees for us. We chose to do Middle Sugarloaf first. It's a half mile from the junction. It's mostly flat to start. You'll hit a steep part after a few minutes that then levels out after you bend to the left. Once the trail turns back to the right you'll start climbing moderately to a wooden stair case. This leads you to the broad open summit. There are plenty of places to sit up here, and even on a crowded day you probably would have no problem finding a place to yourself. Great views in almost every direction if you walk around the top. From the junction to North Sugarloaf is slightly different from it's sister mountain. The forest is a little more open. You'll descent first, climb for a bit, and level off as the trail arcs to the right around the summit crown. You'll start climbing steeply, take a sharp right, and you're almost at the top. Great views here as well, but not as far around as Middle Sugarloaf. After the descent we did the Trestle trail that follows the Zealand river. This is a nice trail and it leads to a HUGE boulder that's very fun to explore. The bridge is washed out so you'll have a difficult water crossing to do the loop. Most of the north side of the river is inside the campground, so you're almost better off turning back than attempting this crossing. Even at low water it's slick and difficult.
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    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast
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Ascent Part of Trip: Middle and North Sugarloaf

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Middle Sugarloaf2012-10-19 
2North Sugarloaf2012-10-19 

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