Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
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2 hour Round trip - "Brook" is the key word here as most of the trail is very wet and rocky. The hike up is abut an hour and the Lake Solitude serves as "the rabbit" to ease the climb! Bring your Off as the mosquitos are vicious. Did not have time to get to the White Ledges but now have reason to go back. Passed a couple on the way down with fishing rods and a few 18" Brown Trout!
I went on this hike for the first time the other day, and it was wonderful. It is a hike I could do frequently, if only to relax up on the White Ledges and enjoy the views.
I saw a moose on this hike, therefore a great experience! I couldn't believe it it jumped across the trail and darted so quickly I didn't have time to snap a picture! It was a great climb up to the lake Make sure to continue up to the ledges above the lake and be rewarded with the view!
This is the most interesting hike on Mt. Sunapee. For those having difficulty in locating the trail head it is exactly 1.1 miles from the left turn onto Mountain Road from Route NH 103 and on the right. From approaching the other end I don't know the distance. The parking area is an enlarged gravel shoulder and just before crossing a small bridge. There is a trailhead to Lake Solitude after just entering Mountain Road on the right but ignore this unless that is the trail you want..
The trail leads initially to Lake Solitude. There are a few orange blazes on the trees at the beginning but the trail is soon marked with a blue blaze and you should follow those signs. Once you get to Lake Solitude and find the path to the White Ledges the signs turn to white/Orange blaze again which will take you to the top of the ledges and then onto the last mile or so to the summit.
The summit lodge was closed the day we did it in July. But I suspect its only open out of season for fall foliage.
This is a very pleasant hiking trail that had asurprising amount of snow above 2100 feet made for a very interesting hike, especially as the trail from about 2500 feet to lake Isolation is in need of maintenance. Any volunteers?
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