Sandwich Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Carroll County and Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 1,419 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,206 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Noon Peak (elevation 2,930 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Sandwich Mountain (elevation 3,986 feet) and Sandwich Dome (elevation 3,957 feet).
Sandwich Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A mere 7 feet prevent Sandwich Mountain from being one of the most frequently climbed summits in New Hampshire.By measuring only 3,993 feet, however, it escapes the rapt attention of peak baggers pursuing their list of 4,000-foot mountains. One happy consequence of this lack of stature is that the Algonquin Trail provides a refuge for hardy hikers who wish to avoid crowds and explore the edge of the Sandwich Range Wilderness. Special attractions: Wildlife habitats near the trailhead, and uncivilized Black Mountain views."
--Larry Pletcher, Hiking New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"This ride's general location is between Campton and Center Sandwich. Scenery includes the woods of historic Sandwich Notch. This trail connects with the trail to Flat Mountain Pond. In the early days of the nineteenth century, Sandwich Notch was an important gateway between New Hampshire's Lakes Region and the Franconia Range of the White Mountains. Sandwich Notch Road's steepest sections have been paved to minimize erosion, and some houses have sprung up on either end, but little else has changed since pioneer days. It's open to autos, but thanks to its rugged nature, sees little traffic. It's the perfect ride for getting in a little bit of history and a whole lot of climbing."
--Jeff Faust, Mountain Bike! New Hampshire (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This is a very scenic ride on a seasonal road with a rich history. An early trade route that once connected the seacoast to the north country, Sandwich Notch Road has remained essentially unchanged in location and character since the eighteenth century. There are climbs and descents with many ride options. Keep an eye out for wildlife. Tread: 1.1 miles on paved road; 7.7 miles on dirt road. Location: 5.5 miles east of Interstate 93, exit 28, on New Hampshire 49 in Campton."
--J. Richard Durnan, Mountain Biking the White Mountains: West (Falcon Guides).
"While this loop offers little challenge to bike handling skills, a full circle trip demands both stamina and leg strength. Groups should be of comparable fitness so that neither harmony nor temper are lost late into the ride. You'll climb up through historic Sandwich Notch, descend its northern side, and enjoy a gradual rise along the meandering Beebe River. Mountain bikers will enjoy the hours away, and the trip is a good choice for roadies who seek just a taste of unpaved satisfaction. Trail Surface: Dirt roads, logging roads, and paved roads"
--Bob Fitzhenry, Mountain Bike America: New Hampshire & Maine (The Globe Pequot Press).
"Built in 1801, Sandwich Notch Road is a historic route that connected the Waterville Valley region with the Lakes Region in the early nineteenth century. Today, the road is a little-maintained, rough gravel road that passes though beautiful woodlands that are, for the most part, devoid of houses or other development. This ride will test your strength, as it gains almost 1,300 feet in elevation, but you are rewarded with a spectacular downhill thrill on the back end of the ride. Most riders opt to spot a car and do this ride oneway, but if you’re in the mood to repeat that uphill climb on the return route and that burning feeling in your quads, go for it."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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