Sawyer Pond Trail

OutAndBack • 9 mi • 1000 ft

Many lakes in the White Mountains are in danger of being appreciated to death. While camping is now prohibited at beautiful Greeley Ponds and spectacular Spaulding Lake, the increasingly rare opportunity to backpack to a camp at water’s edge remains at idyllic Sawyer Pond. Special attractions: Waterfront camping on a picturesque pond with fish, loons, and owls.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Conway
Length: 9 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate because of distance, but the walking is easy.
Local Contacts: Saco Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Bartlett, Mount Chocorua, and Mount Carrigain quads.
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Great beginner trail, taking this trail in from the Kancamangus puts the distance at about 4.6 miles to Sawyer Pond, there is a shorter trail out of about 3.6 miles, but you will need to drop a car off, at the first trail head. Used this trail for my first overnight backpacking trip, and it was fantastic for carrying 30lb for the first time. The colors should be at their peak in about two weeks and I may head up again for one night.


This was a great hike. We didn't want to ford the Swift River, so we used the Rob Brook Trail/Road as a bypass and caught up with the trail 3 miles south of the pond. We spent the night at the Pond in one of the Camp Sites. There were 6 inches of snow on the ground, and the Pond was completely frozen and covered with moose tracks. The views of Green Cliff were fantastic, especially at sunset and sunrise. Since this was a very easy hike, I'm guessing it's very crowded in Fall and Summer, so early spring is probably the best time to go. We had the place to ourselves.

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