Sawyer Pond Trail is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albany, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October.
We went with our 4 boys...16, 10, 7 and 19 month old. We brought inflatable rafts and day packs with food and a change of clothes. This was a perfect trail for all ages, not too much for the little ones and not too much on us backpacking the baby and carrying most of the heavy stuff. It was really clean and well marked. Use lots of bug spray before you start! We did and had no problems with the mosquitoes. It took us about 45 minutes to reach the sites off the main trail where the pond is. We paddled out to the beach area in the inflatable rafts (took about 20 minutes). When we got here, there was lots of butterflies, moose and bear tracks by the water. We brought fishing rods and took turns paddling around the pond. it's a nice spot for a picnic and hanging out for the day with the family. I highly recommend this hike for first timers and children 7 and up. If it wasn't for the rain we would have stayed over night.
Rt301 get off exit 35. Drive all the way to the lights. Take right on 302 and drive for 20 mins or so until u see Sawyer Pond Trail. Then drive down the dirt road for 10 mins to park. Then you can park, to get to the actual trail..you need walk across the dirt road to the wooden bridge..cross it to begin your hike.
Started this from Rt 112 trailhead. You need to cross a river right from the start so be prepared for that. The trail is well maintained & marked. We did this on. June 20th and the Mosquitos were terrible! Pack head nets & plenty of repellent. Other than that this is perfect 1st overnight trip for kids & a family. Sawyer pond is beautiful and the tent sites are well kept.
Hiked this the last weekend of Aug. 2012. The last two years, the "shorter" 1.5ish mile trail has had limited use as the Sawyer River Rd.'s bridge was washed out by Hurricane Irene. The shorter 1.5 mi trail is still accessible, but one must walk up the road to get to the trailhead. Or use this trail, parking on the Kangamangus Highway.
There are 5/6 tent platforms and one large lean to that comfortably slept 7 during our stay. No camping is allowed if platforms/lean to are full. Knowing that the other trail was closed and we were only the second car in the parking lot on a Friday morning, we chose to leave the tents behind in hopes of getting the lean to.
Fires are allowed in pits, but good luck finding dry firewood. The whole area has been picked CLEAN!
There are two privies. One up a steep hill behind the lean to and one toward the tent platforms that is new and huge!
From the lean to, we had a DIRECT VIEW of Owl's Cliff (Owl something! I just can't remember right now!) we fell asleep to loons calling at night and watched the loons and cormorants fish by day. There was a bard owl not too far away. Plenty of chipmunks and squirrels, anxious to retrieve a snack from hikers. One chipmunk in particular was so bold/tame that he literally ate out of our hands. The downside, keep your food up in a tree at night (not where the squirrels can get into it) or they will make Swiss cheese of your gear!!!
As stated before, the shorter 1.5 mile trail is much harder to access, which made our trip much more enjoyable as only actual hiker types were willing to hike the 4.5 miles in. I saw many reviews before the hurricane washed the bridge out and lots of people drank and acted like drunk people do. This was not the case the weekend I was there.
Maps of the area show that there is a trail around the pond. My husband and I tried and got 30% around the pond (near the island) before we grew tired of bush wacking through the overgrown/nonexistent trail. There is what appears to be a beautiful sandy beach directly across from the lean to on the other side of the pond, however we could not get to it.
Lots of moose scat, did not see moose!