|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sugarloaf (Stratford), NH|
||Sugarloaf Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 20, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty, space for 2-3 cars, but more parking on the street, and entrance. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None. One small bridge near the start. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Overall the trail is in great shape and very easy to follow (no markers). One note, if using a Garmin Inreach, the programed trail cuts off a corner near the bottom, I walked around for 20 minutes to make sure I had not missed a trail marker before proceeding. Two large pine trees are down near the summit. Appear to be fairly recent since the path around has trampled some newer foliage. |
||Easy for dogs, Only Cooper on the trail today. Not a lot of water, so bring some for your pup especially on these hot days. |
||Some, Used Deet to keep them at bay. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is a great trail, gradual steady climb all the way to the summit. Mostly dry dirt path today, and very few rocks to step around. Top section of the trail is frequented by moose, as seen on the trail, but we didn't see any.|
Views from the summit and ledge just beyond are spectacular. In addition to seeing into Maine, the view spread from the Carter-Moriah range all the way over to Moosilauke, with many peaks in between visible. Most of the views were southerly, the north direction is blocked by trees. Also of note is the lack of towns, roads, etc. visible in the views, just all wilderness.
This is well worth the drive north, and the 8 miles on the dirt road to get to the trail head. And it is a chance to get away form the crowds on the peaks further south; we saw only 4 others on the trail.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.