Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude

Newbury, New Hampshire

Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude Professional Review and Guide

"A strenuous hike to excellent views and a remote mountain pond. Mount Sunapee is bet known for its downhill ski area, which is a major landmark for those traveling north from Concord on I-89. In summer the whole Sunapee area is a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and boating.

While the summit is overdeveloped with ski area buildings and machinery, the views are excellent in all directions. This hike up the Andrew Brook Trail on the east side of the mountain visits the summit area, but also makes a stop on the quiet, scenic shores of Lake Solitude, a small mountain pond about a mile to the east of the mass of civilization on the summit. With more than 1,600 feet of elevation gain, this is one of the more strenuous hikes in this book, but there is good footing the whole way, making it appropriate for families with hiking experience."

Mount Sunapee and Lake Solitude Reviews

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This trail was very poorly marked. Muddy from start to finish. The lake and views were nothing special. May revisit later in the season.
This was an OK hike. I agree with a couple of other reviews about the summit being crowded. Mountain summits should only be attained by foot. Lake solitude was good and the cliffs but overall it was an easy hike with some good views. There are better hikes in this area
A very pleasant but strenuous day hike. Lake Solitude is a terrific destination. The lake itself is very scenic, and the cliffs overlooking it are spectacular. Only complaint is the volume of traffic on the path from the lake to the top of the mountain, where folks who ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain walk down to the lake. All in all, a very nice day. P.s. A correction. It is about 1.1 miles up the road to the bridge where the trail head is located, not .8 miles as stated in the directions.
Absolutely beautiful serene lake\pond and there are a couple nice sidetracks if you want to walk to the town if you have a 2 cars one at the original trailhead and the other in town you'll pass on your way there. When i went i only saw one other person and that was in the 1st tenth of a mile of my 10 mile hike
The Andrew Brook Trail was a beautiful hike to the top of Mt Sunapee. The first part is uphill to Lake Solitude, which was a delightful place to have lunch. The last mile or so is an up and down hike to the ski slopes, followed by a short hike up to the top of the ski lifts and the lodge. The ski slopes have beautiful views looking out over Lake Sunapee. I highly recommend this hike! Note that the signs to the trailhead on Mountain Road refer to "Lake Solitude hike".
Perfect day to hike up to Lake Solitude. Sunny, enough of a breeze not to have to worry about bugs, fresh foliage in the trees at the lower level of the trail, then higher up you have the fragrance of the fir trees. What a spectacular view of Lake Solitude from above on the cliffs of White Ledge. Not a difficult climb but you need to watch your steps as there are lots of roots and stones.
This is a lovely little trail, with huge payoffs at the lake and again on the ledges overlooking the lake. When we arrived at the summit the ski lifts of Mt. Sunapee were running, with people enjoying the views. Another benefit - the bathrooms at the summit lodge were open, too! I know this is shown as "strenuous" - but primarily there are just a few areas where careful foot placement is required, but this is suitable for active kids (maybe 7 or 8 and up) and motivated couch potatoes as well.
Great family hiking trail with beautiful views at Lake Solitude and from the cliffs above.

Trail Information

Nearby City
1,650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Best spring through fall
USGS Newport
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018