Elevation gain: 1020'
Trails used: Walking Trail (orange),Elwell Trail (yellow), Rest Area Loop (red), Goose Pond (orange).
Sunday, Desi and I headed out for another hike as the weather was looking nice. We decided on doing the two Sugarloaf peaks across from Newfound Lake and Wellington State Beach. The trail starts at the parking area for the Elwell Trail (off of West Shore Road), which continues on to Bear Mountain and eventually Mount Cardigan.
Little Sugarloaf Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain are located in Alexandria, New Hampshire. The trail system is very well done for this section of the Elwell trail, and various other trails in the area. Signs are color coded and easy to follow, and are stationed at every junction so it's not easy to get lost.
Almost as soon as we arrived, the bug's were upon us and throughout the hike it was a mixture of either black flies and mosquitoes or both at the same time. The breeze did little to quell them.
Desi starting out on the Walking Trail/snowmobile trail that connects with the Elwell Trail.
Example of the signage throughout this hike. It's color coordinated depending on which trails you want to use. We took the yellow trail (Elwell Trail) to Little Sugarloaf Mountain.
The trail is also a snowmobile trail for parts of the hike so it was very easy to follow.
Heading on over to Little Sugarloaf Mountain/ Sugarloaf Mountain.
Ledges abound for both Sugarloaf summit's and the surrounding area's.
Pretty self explanatory. Almost to the summit of Little Sugarloaf Mountain.
One of the views of Newfound Lake from some ledges on the summit of Little Sugarloaf Mountain (elevation 1002').
We would stay on the Elwell Trail (yellow) on the hike over to Sugarloaf Mountain.
The trail system was very easy to follow throughout the entire hike, as everything is color coordinated. Just pay attention to what trail color each trail is using.
Really nice woods through the hike with just enough cover for the bugs to have fun.
A bonus: if you do this hike, you too can save money on you car insurance.
Quite a few Lady Pink Slippers along the trail.
Orange (Gilman) Mountain is seen through the tree's from the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (elevation 1370').
Looking over to Plymouth Mountain from summit ledges around Sugarloaf Mountain.
The views towards Hersey Mountain (background) and Newfound Lake.
The Garden of Gethsemane. In the Gospels, it was a garden located at the bottom of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem were Jesus prayed the night before his Crucifixion. Not sure why the sign says this here so if anyone knows, please do tell.
We took the Goose Pond Trail (orange) when we got to the junction and then back to the car.
Besides the bugs and slight humidity, this was a nice short hike. This hike is perfect for kids and families as there is not much elevation gain. A bonus would be to go the the state beach and go for a swim afterwards. This would also make for a nice winter snowshoe hike with more views, since the leaves would be gone (and NO bugs!).