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Big Sugarloaf Mt, Newfound Lake NH

• 4-star hike
• 3.5 mile loop
• Medium difficulty | Gain 950 feet
• Lakes Region | Alexandria NH
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

Views of Newfound Lake on the Elwell Trail

This looping hike from Wellington State Park on the shores of Newfound lake has much to offer. Warming up our legs on the flat outbound Orange trail first brings us to the tranquil waters of Goose Pond.

After a mile of hiking through increasingly dense woodland the topography begins to ascend, and we start a hike up the Western flank of Big Sugarloaf which is where we gain most of our 950 of elevation. For the last part of the journey to the summit, expect to take a sharp right turn onto Elwell Trail heading South and tackle the steepest part of your journey.

Though both Big Sugarloaf and Little Sugarloaf peaks are worth the hike, they are tree covered. If you're looking for lake views, expect to find sweeping vistas of Newfound Lake on your way back down Elwell Trail.

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Loop Trail

Be prepared to share the trail with mosquitos and ticks - particularly in the spring and summer months. Thankfully we enjoyed this hike on an early fall day and found no bugs whatsoever.

Note that some of the trails named on AllTrails basemap are not current. We found that the Blue Trail does not summit Big Sugarloaf on its Southern flanks as shows, but instead follows our marked trail that continues clockwise around the mountain until it reaches Elwell Trail. Also, who thought it would be a good idea to include both a yellow and orange trail, as we found the colors hard to distinguish.

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