"I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder." - Ansel Adams
Sugarloaf Mountain was not one I anticipated hiking, but it is on my North 9ers list so I decided to go for it. I'm not sure if it was the extreme heat or just being out of shape, but this one kicked my butt. My son tagged along with me and he felt equally exhausted on this hike.
The trail is located in Stewartstown, N.H. just past Groveton N.H. It is basically in the middle of nowhere. The road going to the trailhead seems to go on forever before finally getting there. The trail starts off as part of the Vast trail and then veers off into its own trail. It is a steep incline pretty much the entire way up.
There was lots of moose sign pretty much from the very beginning of the trail so be aware. Moose are not animals I would want to mess with. Its pretty clear the moose in the area take the trail for there own personal use.
It was a hot day and the bugs were relentless. The steady uphill hike was pretty brutal today and i continuously had to coach my son to keep moving. Sweat poured down our faces and soaked our backs. Moose dropping's and tracks had me on the look out. I definitely did not want to sneak up on a moose, i wasn't in a position to run.
After about 2.5 miles up with the same steady incline we finally made it to the top. Despite our bug bites and sweaty clothes the hike up was definitely worth the amazing view!
Location: Stewartstown, N.H. Near Groveton N.H.
Distance: 5.2 miles out and back
Rating: Moderate to Hard
Elevation Gain: 2,231 ft.
Elevation: 3,701 ft.
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