Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sugarloaf (Benton), NH
Trails: Sugarloaf Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Access the trail from a green gate. NOT the one that has an American flag in front of it - go another half mile down Page Rd. It's possible to bushwhack from the other green gate, but private property I believe (whooops) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: very well blazed, once you find it ;) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: hard no, I think 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: my pride after the rope ladder  
Comments: Guys, this trail in winter is absolutely EPIC. and a little terrifying. I wouldn't actually fully recommend doing it in these conditions for safety reasons, but if you do - know that you may want to take your crampons on and off. A lot of the rock climbs and rope ladder/regular ladder climbing was made REAL difficult by the slipperiness of the bare rock, which is so vertical that there isn't any snow on it really.

Wouldn't recommend bringing snowshoes. They helped a little bit with the first half of the trail, but once getting to the point of no return, having to lug them on my back wasn't really worth it. Went the entire way down with crampons only and liked that better.

Lots of exposed views at the top. Couldn't see them today in the fog, of course, but great reward and a real fun, technical hike, for a measly 2,609 ft and 2 miles. Give yourself enough sunlight to get it done, it will take longer than you think~!!  
Name: Chris 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-08 
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