The Sugarloaf Hike is a great option for hikers looking for a moderate hike with stunning views. The trail is suitable for hikers of all levels, but it can be challenging in places. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.
The trail is well-marked and well-maintained, but it can be steep and rocky in places, so it is rated as a moderately strenuous hike.
The trail is either a 3 mile hike to the South Sugarloaf or 4.2-mile round-trip hike if you hike the South and North Sugarloaf peaks. The trail takes you through a beautiful forest and fun rock hops and scrambles before reaching the summit.
The final ascent to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is a bit steep and rocky topping it off with a ladder climb near the top. Once you reach the top, you'll have amazing views of the surrounding White Mountains. You can see the Franconia Range to the west, Mount Washington to the northeast, and the Twin Mountain area to the south. You can also see the town of Twin Mountain from the summit.
South of Twin Mountain, just as you are entering Crawford Notch, is the AMC Highland Center, a lodging and hiking supply store along with a casual restaurant.
The Crawford Trail is a popular hiking trail that starts just behind the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. It is a moderate 2.5-mile round-trip hike that takes you through a beautiful forest and past several waterfalls before reaching the summit of Mount Crawford.
Other trails within 1 mile of the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire include:
Mount Willard Trail - This moderate 3.2-mile round-trip hike starts from the Crawford Depot and takes you to the summit of Mount Willard, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Crawford Notch and the surrounding mountains.
Arethusa Falls Trail - This moderate 3.6-mile round-trip hike takes you to one of the highest waterfalls in New Hampshire, the 160-foot Arethusa Falls.
Frankenstein Cliff Trail - This moderate 4.5-mile round-trip hike offers great views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Webster Cliffs Trail - This strenuous 6-mile round-trip hike is part of the Appalachian Trail. This trail takes you to the summit of Mount Webster, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the White Mountains. This also connects into the Mount Eisenhower Trail.
Mount Eisenhower Trail - This strenuous 6.8-mile round-trip hike takes you to the summit of Mount Eisenhower, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Presidential Range.
Make sure to check the trail conditions and weather forecast before heading out on any hike.