Sawyer Pond Trail

New Hampshire

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain1,052ft
Trailhead Elevation1,778ft
Top2,022ft
Elevation Min/Max1618/2022ft
Elevation Start/End1778/1778ft

Sawyer Pond Trail

Sawyer Pond Trail is a hiking trail in Carroll County and Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,778 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,052 feet. This trail connects with the following: Hancock Notch Trail and Sawyer Run Trail.

Sawyer Pond Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Sawyer Pond is a beautiful mountain pond that provides opportunities for swimming, picnicking, camping, fishing, and birding."

"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."

Sawyer Pond Trail Reviews

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9/16/2012
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.
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4/8/2006
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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3/20/2003
We took a group of Boy Scouts on an overnight backpacking trip as a shakedown hike for an upcoming trip to New Mexico. The hiking was moderate and the trail was well marked. There are a limted number of tent platforms, so plan to get there early. The Scouts had hours of fun playing in the lake. Sitting in the lean-to looking out over the lake and watching the sun go down over the mountains was a treasure to behold. The sunset was magnificent. I will be taking my family back there this summer.
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9/6/2002
this was a nice hike in.We camped at the lake.There are tent platforms.We parked near the foot bridge over Sawyer river.It was a 1.5 mile hike to the lake.good hike for a beginner.The parking area has a $3.00 fee good for one day till 8:00 next day.the lake is a quiet area.The latrine could use som attention.But overall nice hike.
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Saco Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Bartlett, Mount Chocorua, and Mount Carrigain quads.
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Aug 2018