Very nice trail. I went with my wife and our 5 and 6 year old boys. We made it all the way to Lake Solitude. It was very icy, but we were prepared for that. It took us nearly 4 hours up and back. We had lots of fun. I did the Newbury trail on the other side of the mountain. That was longer and seemed steeper. Anyway- I would definitely recommend this trail. We will be doing it again in the summer so we can swim in Lake Solitude. Couldn’t have swam it this trip- could’ve ice skated I suppose!!!!

16 days ago

So I went in early January (01-02-19). The trail was very well marked and there were only a handful of times I needed to walk away from one trail marker before seeing the next. This is definitely on the harder side of moderate in my opinion. It’s a pretty moderate incline for much of the hike up. If you plan on going during the winter months, definitely prepare... and DO NOT GO WITHOUT SNOW CLEATS AND HIKING POLES!!! It was very icy. Couldn’t have done it without my cleats on. Instead of going up to the overlook, I actually walked out and onto the lake as it was frozen pretty thick. I stayed close to the shore line just in case though. Just in case you’re thinking about making a short cut through the trail (as I did) it was steep, extremely icy and tough. There’s a part of the trail where it does sort of a U- I decided to use the whole shortest distance between two points approach- can’t say it was completely worth it. Probably saved time on the way up- but burned a ton of energy doing so. All in all, great hike. Definitely plan on doing the Sunapee Summit next time with the wife! Also- Lake Solitude looks like it’d be an awesome swimming lake in the summer months... I’ll let you know when I go back! Hike safe.

We attempted to hike the trail today. With snow on the ground the trail is not well marked or marked at all. We walked until we saw a that sign pointed left across the river. The river was quite deep and there was no visible path to cross. We then went off trail and followed along on the ride of the river for some time until turning around.

2 months ago

Didn’t do the whole 5 miles. Just hiked out to eagles nest outlook for the stunning views overlooking Lake Sunapee. 10/10 views. Especially in the fall!

2 months ago

This is definitely not a “moderate” trail in my estimation. Steep hike almost the whole way. The views of Lake Solitude however may make it worth the climb. Very poor footing on the way back down.

Took the Andrew Brook trail, was DOPE!

It was a bit muddy, so make sure to have waterproof boots.

Great ups and downs. Had my dog on leash. Trails were a bit muddy some wet spots. Nobody fell. Made out for a good backpacking trip.

I've hiked this trail this past Sunday looking for a moderately easy hike and for some fall foliage. It was good but nothing memorable. I didn't like how muddy the trail was and there wasn't much interesting to see along the way. I do like the constant soothing sound of the running water in the brook and the view from the summit. Much of the summit is still in the treeline so you've got to look for just the few summit spots that doesn't have tree obstructing your view.

I've managed to take a few memorable panorama shots that look over the entire landscape so that makes the trip worthwhile for me. Some reviewers say the summit is not a worthwhile hike. I strongly disagree. I think it's the hike and view from the summit that makes the trip worthwhile.

I took this hike as a random pick of some place to go. The beginning of the trail starts out easy before turning to lots of rock. in some places it resembles a brook bed. The trail was well marked throughout. As soon as you enter the state forest there is a register to sign in and make notes. The foliage was just starting to turn in some spots which made the hike even more pleasant. It gets easier as you near the small lake. Continuing on past the lake to the overlooking cliffs was well worth the additional short walk. Beautiful views over the lake and far beyond. Overall I would say it's a moderate hike but very pleasant.

4 months ago

loved this hike. some tough, steep spots but it was worth it when you got to the top! The trail was marked really well, and it was so easy to follow! SO many cool things to see on the way up, lots of good photo ops! The only thing that put a damper on the hike was the mud, lots of muddy spots!

Long hike! If you continue on to the summit it is 6.8 miles round trip with a 1700’ elevation gain. We did this hike today in 90+ heat with my 8 year old grandson. He was a trooper! The view from the ledge looking over Lake Solitude was beautiful! The hike to the summit was nothing great, just wanted to complete the hike so we did it. If your short on time, I wouldn’t bother to summit but definitely go to the ledge.

This was a good hike but trail was definitely longer than expected- to the lake itself is 2 miles then you have to hike above for the nice look out an back- id say at least 5 miles possibly 6 round trip. Good amount of different things to look a along the hike but very deceiving because around every bend you think you’re almost there but you’re not haha. Not too bad of an incline- doable enough with a baby on your back. Took us slow pokes about 3.5 hrs. Beautiful at the top... once you reach the huge rock above lake just venture out towards cliff and you’ll see the lookout... trail does extend on for a connecting trail.

Great workout. Harder than it looks!

Very beautiful hike. It was my wife's first hike, it was equally strenuous and pleasant. I would recommend if you are looking for a moderate challenge!

Great family hike with our teens. Trail loaded with various mushrooms and beautiful pond view at top.

Well marked paths. Rocky moderate incline, that our dog could walk. Beautiful streams and views up the hike.

The beginning half is definitely the most challenging, with a lot of rocks and a steady incline. The second half is much easier and beautiful. Make sure to continue up past Lake Solitude to get the view from the cliffs—it’s amazing. And bring bug spray.

Be prepared for buggy conditions this time of year! Well maintained and marked trail, nice views. Took us a little over 2 hours round trip.

Definitely moderate on intensity as initial climb can get rocky, but nice tree cover as I did it on the 4th of July and was fine with the heat. The Overlook of Solitude was the highlight of the hike. Wonderful view of landscape and Lake Solitude. Lastly I walked to Summit of Sunapee and was disappointed, not the best views as the summit is next to lodge and ski run. However definitely recommend the hike to Lake Solitude and the Overlook. Lastly well marked and good signage within the trail if you want to go out a different way.

Spectacular hike! Trail was lightly trafficked and the dragonflies at the pond were numerous. Not a cloud in the sky.

Great hike ! Relatively busy with lots of dogs. Lift was running at the ski area. Great views from the overlook at 2/3 to the summit.

Super fun hike on a mountain with lots of character. Actually decided to take a dip in Lake Solitude. Not very deep and pretty mucky and log strewn on the bottom. :(.

The view from the Ledges were beautiful as were the views from the summit. Great hike.

This is one of the best trails I've been on this a year. Lots to check out and lots of views. Highly recommend.

Love this trail. Takes about 3-3.5 hours. Nice up and down. I take it from the Andrew Brook trail to Lake Solitude, over to the peak of my Sunapee, and down the SRK trail to the lodge at the base of Mt Sunapee. You can also take the ski trails down Mt Sunapee for a smoother go. Lake Solitude is a nice stop over... and the view at the top of Mt Sunapee is stunning (views of Lake Sunapee, Mt Kearsarge and more). Love taking my dog w me.

The trail is in very good shape considering how early in the season it is. With snow covering roughly 60% of the trail, make sure you tackle this short half-day hike with decent waterproof hiking boots and consider bringing micro-spikes. I took my 5 year old black lab out today and she was able to complete the trail with no problems! The view overlooking lake solitude is stunning.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

2 hours to White Cliff Overlook. 1 hr 15 down. Trail was icy in spots and lots of leaves. Must be careful on descent. Fantastic view from Overlook onto Lake Solitude. Strange energy in the woods, though.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Really great hike. Hard and steep to start off (for about a ~1.25 miles, then flattens out. Went to eagles nest, then lake solitude and then crossed over to Mount Sunapee (only an extra mile there, really flat and worth the mile). Chilly and windy with snow on the mountain, but awesome trails.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Good half day hike! It is a bit challenging sometimes with the steepness and many rocks. If it has just rained some of the water crossings can be tricky! But great view for the effort put in!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

We hiked this on a beautiful fall day. Not a difficult hike in a beautiful forest setting. Very doable for little kids. Good view of Lake Solitude from ledge that we almost missed. The ledge can get crowded due to the limited viewing space. But if you can find space to sit and enjoy the view, it is well worth it. We continued to Mt Sunapee summit where there is a ski lodge with restroom facilities and good view of Lake Sunapee. Apparently people get up there via ski lifts.

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