Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude Trail

OutAndBack • 4.8 mi • 1510 ft

What do you think of when someone mentions Mount Sunapee? Skiing, right? But when the slopes are green and the skiers are sailing or swimming, Sunapee is a wonderful place to bring the family for a smorgasbord-type hike. You’ll climb briskly under the dormant chairlift to the Sunapee summit, snake through the woods to the top of the White Cliffs, and drop to the remote, rocky shoreline of Lake Solitude. With something just around the corner at any given moment, kids won’t have time to poke each other with sticks or stuff leaves down one another’s jackets.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Sunapee
Length: 4.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,510 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Challenging for children
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: May-October
Top Elevation: 2,743 feet
Local Contacts: Sunapee State Park
Local Maps: USGS Sunapee
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I loved this trail (we took the Andrew Brook Trail). It had a few stream/brooks to cross and mud to trek through. The trail conditions were very good. We took a short break at Lake Solitude before continuing on. The hardest part of the trail was once we reached the ski slopes - there was a gravel road leading to the lodge that was very steep. The lodge was closed this day, but we ate lunch on the deck, in the shade. The whole hike, including eating lunch, took us 4 hrs. I would definitely go back.


Not really a big fan of hiking straight up an open ski slope under a chairlift, the trade off here is you do get great views. Other than that, once you get into the treelilne on the Monadnock-Sunapee trail its more enjoyable.

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