North and Middle Sugarloaf via Sugarloaf Trail

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White Mountain National Forest

North and Middle Sugarloaf via Sugarloaf Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,069 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please note that the parking is gated and the road to the trailhead is currently CLOSED, you must walk up Zealand Road for 1 mile.

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rocky
7 days ago

This hike has immediately become one of my favorites! Though I love some of WMNF’s bigger mountains as well, the view from especially Middle Sugarloaf was surprisingly amazing. Perfect place to watch the sunset!! Had both summits to myself last night, didn’t see a soul on the trail. Very fun!!

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bugs
10 days ago

Great home for two different summits, not too taxing but parking was a pain (on the road) so get there early! Incredible views of mount Washington and not super crowded

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11 days ago

Great family hike, about as easy as it gets hiking up a mountain. Our goal was to get a beautiful view of Mt. Washington while there was snow on it and it was a total success!

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rocky
14 days ago

Very nice hike! It is so great that it is such a short hike for such an amazing view! Clear day with views of all the presidentials. Please note that the parking is gated and you must walk up Zealand Road for 1 mile. The trailhead is not closed, just the road. I would recommend this to anyone!

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muddy
26 days ago

This is a great hike and views at both summits are expansive. The trail starts a bit muddy with some short board walks before you begin to gain some elevation. The left peak offers best views of presidential range. the last 10th of the hike is icy and a few steep spots so micro spikes would be helpful here but it is possible without, just go slow.

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icy
1 month ago

Road closed to access the trail because campgrounds are closed. So it’s an extra mile each way up and down to and from trail head!! Views amazing on both peaks. Icy spots toward N. Side. Great spot for lunch

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2 months ago

Easy hike to the top. Icy in some parts, would highly recommend crampons this time of year. Great views. Note that road to the trailhead is currently closed, so you need to park off the highway and walk to the trailhead (about 1 mile).

T-beaux sentiers. Bon couvert de neige damée et quelques plaques de glace à l’approche du sommet. Raquettes non requises mais crampons recommandés ++. Important : la route menant au départ du sentier est fermée l’hiver. Prévoir 3 km de plus que la distance du sentier. Distance total si vous faites les 2 sommets = 9,2 km. Si vous ne faites qu’un sommet; je vous suggère le « middle » Sugar loader.

Beautiful day for a hike. Clear skies and great views. The trail is very packed down. I did see one group with snowshoes but they really weren’t necessary. I put on microspikes heading up Middle Sugarloaf, but didn’t really need them.

7 months ago

Loved this hike did both mountains, views at the top are amazing. Chilly. Busy trail and busy at the top. Pretty easy. Muddy in spots. Took a few spills. Good hike.

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7 months ago

This was a lovely trail, excellent bang for your buck. A good but not crazy ascent. Slightly muddy in spots. Amazing summit views atop Middle Sugarloaf and if you follow the path on the right on North Sugarloaf you get a nicer summit view than you’d expect. We are well past peak in the Whites but still lovely. The tops of the Presidentials in the distance are covered in snow.

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muddy
7 months ago

Great hike that doesn’t take tons of effort to get good views. Arrived at the trailhead on Zealand Road at 1pm and parked along the road. Zealand Road has a number of potholes in the paved section, but no issues driving slowly. With the number of cars parked along Zealand Road, we expected the trail to be packed, but it wasn't. Still a well traveled trail. Muddy spots along the way, as well as wet and slippery roots/rocks in spots due to the rain the night before. Did Middle Sugarloaf first, which has a very large ledge area with great views. Then went back and over to North Sugarloaf - not as big of a viewing area, but we had the summit to ourselves. Could see the snow and ice on the Presidentials today. No snow or ice on the trail.

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7 months ago

Perfect day for a hike, 50’s little wind, partly cloudy. Past autumn color, lots of hikers on trail today. Wet rocks and slippery leaves on the north peak, fair amount of mud. This is always a great hike.

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muddy
7 months ago

Enjoyable hike. Short, but a nice uphill hump to get your blood pumping. A few small muddy swamp areas easily traversed by doing some rock-hopping. No slick rocks encountered near the top. Great panoramic views at the top. Be sure to explore all areas at the top.

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rocky
7 months ago

Fun, varied hike with a simply amazing view from Middle Sugarloaf. We didn’t make it to the North Peak this time since my younger daughter was too tired but hope to do it next time. Had rained this past week so there was a fair amount of mud at the bottom part of the trail and slippery leaves and rocks father up. Typical white mountains trail in that there are quite a lot of rocks and roots but nothing terrible. Some fun rock steps as well. Great hike for families though young kiddos will likely need help.

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

It was a harder hike than I had anticipated. It was steep and Rocky but 100% worth it. The views are spectacular and breathtaking. (we only went to Middle Sugarloaf) Our dogs had a great time.

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7 months ago

Great bang for the buck. Moderate effort for a great reward at the top. It took me two hour hours and fifteen minutes round trip with stopping at both summits to take in the views and snap a few photos.

Amazing views from the top - definitely worth a trip up to see all the foliage! Small mud patches here and there but other than that clean trail! Offers a wonderful forest setting the whole way up.

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muddy
7 months ago

Awesome hike for how much of amazing views you get at middle sugarloaf!

Unbelievable views at the summit. Middle Sugarloaf provided 270 degree view - fantastic with the fall foliage. Path is a little wet early on but dries up the rest of the way. Steep inclines last 1/4 mile to Middle Sugarloaf summit. Totally worth the hike.

Perfect time for leaf change. Incredible views of the colorful valley.

8 months ago

Amazing trail! Took our three kids on it yesterday (10/03/19)- did both Middle and North summits- views from the summits were SPECTACULAR and the foliage color was very near peak up that way! It’s definitely a workout for the legs at some points going up- you climb somewhat steep “stairs” of boulders for a bit, and there’s an actual ladder before Middle’s summit. But even our youngest (age 7) was able to manage the trails- we just took breaks when he needed- for rest, water or a snack. Definitely recommend if you are only in the White Mountains for a short time!

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