Sugarloaf Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews

Sugarloaf Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,040 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

1 day ago

Great hike with our 3 boys. Well maintained trail. Wonderful views at top!

2 months ago

great hike...views at the top of Middle or North Sugarloaf were spectacular.

hiking
5 months ago

Moderate hike with cool boulders and great views.

hiking
10 months ago

I enjoyed both mountains. Definitely steep in spots but great views for the effort required. Make sure that when you go to North Sugarloaf (right at the split) you see the true end of the trail summit. When you come out on top, the instinct is to go to the ledge down to the right (which is awesome, too- go there)! However, when you come out on top, take a few steps to the right and look for the trail marker on the ground to your right. You will basically do a 180 turn to continue on the trail to a much more open view! Other people I talked to on the trail missed it. Middle Sugarloaf was a bit harder and steeper- there's a steep-ish staircase with no railings near the top of Middle Sugarloaf, just FYI. This is no problem for some people, everyone I saw had no problem with it, but I get shaky with heights and went down it backward, like a ladder for part of it. Whatever it takes!

hiking
10 months ago

I would rate this trail as the easy side of moderate. A great 1/2 day hike with excellent views including all the way to Mt. Washington & views of the Cog Railway. Great for kids or as an introductory hike for a beginner. I started out early and stopped for my morning coffee break on North Sugarloaf. I then headed over to Middle Sugarloaf and after a couple hours exploring had an early lunch before heading back down. Just walk around the top of Middle Sugarloaf to be treated to MANY spectacular views!

hiking
11 months ago

Total of 4 miles, well marked yellow blazes. Did both Middle trail (left at the fork) and then North (right). Views on Middle trail were superior and more room at the summit for lunching, viewing or meditating. Steep climbing last third of the hike, wear shoes with traction. Do not recommend going when wet. Large running brook early in hike. Restrooms can be found in campgrounds before the trailhead. Excellent moderate hike, will be perfect during foliage season.

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic hike, especially for those looking to complete something in a few hours. The person who recommended the trail described it as a "great bang for your buck" -- I would have to agree. Amazing views at the top following an approximate 1 hour hike up. There are a few areas that are fairly strenuous, but nothing unmanageable.

To get there, take Zealand Road exit off of Route 302 and drive about a mile up (past campsites 1 & 2) and you will find the parking area.

hiking
11 months ago

great views

Friday, August 18, 2017

A challenging but great hike! Tougher descending!

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great trail. Have done for many years with the kids (both 4 & 6 now). Takes about an hour at a comfortable pace with the kiddos hiking it on their own. Great views of both the Franconia Notch and Mount Washington Valley!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

love love love this hike and the river

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Great reward for such little effort. The views from the top of Middle Sugarloaf are spectacular. Some of the best views that I've seen yet.

When I say little effort it is do to being such a short hike. There are some steep areas but they don't last long.

I would highly recommend this hike :)

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Pretty crowded. Did both peaks and the views were awesome. Pretty easy start, some steep places but nothing too strenuous.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

good trail, did it with the family. Top of mountain has many interesting places with excellent views!

Monday, July 24, 2017

great hike, terrific views, trail is in good shape.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great hike, beautiful views from the top.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Not too strenuous and views were spectacular! The bugs were a bit annoying on July 5 but the crowds were non existent. We had both summits to ourselves.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Some steep areas that are strenuous at times. Switchbacks and stairs make this trail an adventure and the views make it worth it.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Worth the climb awesome views, trail was busy on July 4th and not too much water on the trail after two days of rain prior to the hike!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Easy quick hike with a fantastic 360 view!!!!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

one of my favorite places to appreciate the majesty of our foliage season,

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hiked both, awesome views, the trail has the largest single Boulder I've ever seen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Definitely loved this hike with the kids. Be sure to hit both summits, not a tremendous amount of extra time required to do both.

Really cool massive boulders along the trail and tons of Quartz.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amazing views at the top. Though a shorter hike it defiantly has a lot of trail variation and cool things to look at. It was a tiny bit muddy so maybe don't go right after a big rainstorm.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I hiked this trail in Friday of Father's Day weekend and it was quite busy. I hiked both Middle Sugarloaf and North Sugarloaf. The trail starts off along a stream and then splits to start a slow ascent through the woods. There are quite steep areas of rocky trail but no boulder scrambling. Middle Sugarloaf is more difficult than North but the views are well worth it. There is almost a 360 degree view from the top and there is enough area at the top so you can be by yourself.

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great views 360. Big Bang for the buck!

hiking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

A spectacular hike to two adjacent peaks with nearly 360 degree views to the East, South and West. Impressive glacial boulders near the bottom.

hiking
Friday, August 22, 2014

I hiked North and Middle Sugarloaf in the beginning of August 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The trail leads from the parking area to a col between the two mountains, where one branch of the trail leads to the top of Middle Sugarloaf, ans the other to the top of North Sugarloaf. The route up Middle Sugarloaf is steeper, with a couple of switchbacks and a ladder towards the end near the summit. However, the views from the summit are excellent and include Mt. Washington and the other Presidentials, as well as Ammonoosuc Lake (look for moose wading about here with binoculars) and nearby Mt. Hale and the North and South Twin Mountains. The trail up North Sugarloaf is considerably easier, with a section that passes an old abandoned quarry where chunks of smokey quartz can be found. The view from North Sugarloaf is much the same as the view from Middle. All in all, a terrific and quiet hike that generally receives little visitors.

hiking
1 day ago

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