Sugarloaf Trail

MODERATE 74 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
1040 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

hiking
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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
6 months ago

great views

6 months ago

A challenging but great hike! Tougher descending!

hiking
6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

love love love this hike and the river

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views from the top.

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
8 months ago

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

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