Plymouth Mountain Sutherland Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Plymouth, NH that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
great trail! Took the dogs and they did just fine. Great views from the top and it's well marked!
Excellent views of Newfound Lake - be sure to follow the path (marked by sign) slightly past the summit of Plymouth Mtn. to see some of the best views of Newfound Lake and surrounding area. Hike was fine for dogs except for a few spots towards the end where the pooch needed a boost.
Awesome View at Pikes Peak!!!!
4 *'s= great day out; for a moderate to somewhat challenging WINTER hike (would be easier with no cold/snow)
My friend and I hiked this 2hr 15 min-from-Boston destination on a nice January day. Temps were hovering around freezing with partly cloudly skies. Trail is about 3 miles total and takes 3-4 hours in the winter, so arrive by noon or 1pm at the latest if you want daylight.
This is a good trail to have your GPS with you, or mapping/compass skills. I would say that Microspikes (beefy yaktrax) are essential in snow here and I recommend a pole or two for balance. Bring a thermos of hot liquid for each person. Bring headlamps since winter hiking is under shortened days (4pm darkness?)
Follow your instructions to get to Lake Newfound then take Pike Hill Rd (not maintained in winter) in about 1 mile until you come to a sign telling you that only abutters should continue during the winter months. We parked our (4wd) here, as it gets steeper and more sketchy beyond. Walk past the sign until you come to the end of the road which curves up and right and features a PRIVATE sign. Just before the private sign there was a snowmobile track and path on the right (that looked a lot like someone's property and had a land for sale sign). Start up this snowmobile/path. When you come to a cleared area the snowmobile path goes on straight, but you turn right at a big tree with a wolf sign on it (and a painted "TRAIL" sign pointing right).
You will come to a brook under the snow after about 1/8 mile (watch out, crossing a brook under several inches of snow is a winter skill!)
Continue on, watching for wolf signs and checking your mapping gear.
After an hour or two you will come to the false summit first (no view). Go at about 45deg (NE) on the path that after another 5 or so min you get to the actual summit (there's a sign, but not much view). Go NE again for a short way which brings to to a ridge where there are beautiful views of the Presidentials to the NE and Mt Washington of course.
The whole thing took us about 4 hours. We saw very fresh bear tracks in the populated area near where we parked the car but no bears on our trail. We were extra loud while hiking that day.
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