Ascent of Sunapee Mountain on 2011-07-30

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sunapee Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2726 ft / 830 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy/moderate trail loop over 3 Peaks ..... 6.6 miles. 3h10 Loop for all 3 Peaks.

I decided on a loop trip over 3 Peaks ..... from the Sunapee Lodge I ascended the Summit Trail sb (2 miles) to Sunapee, the solitude trail eb (.9 miles) to White Ledges then the Newbury trail eb (.75 miles) to Mount Sunapee-South Peak). I descended the Newbury/Rim trail to the campground at the access road then the Duckling Ski Run back down (2.9 miles) to the Sunappe Lodge. The whole loop trip a standard trail hike from easy to moderate, except at the South Peak where the trail does not go over the actual summit and is as per below.
If you are out for views only, you need-go no-further than Sunappe Mountain ....outstanding panorama, especially of the Sunapee Lake area. The Sunapee summit area and the solitude trail was very busy on this day with hikers (families) who had ascended on the Chair Lift.

The Newbury Trail stays to the north side, just below the summit, and to get to the actual summit involves a short bushwack ..... As you walk eastbound on the auburn blazed Newbury Trail from White Ledges you arrive at a height-of-land with the heavily wooded summit area on the right, an auburn blaze on a large tree to your left. Leave the trail here and bushwack (right) 75-100 yards to the higher ground, the mixed woods are open with tall ferns under-growth ..... the summit is fairly obvious, an orange flag tape has been added.

From here we rushed west into Vermont's Killington area for an afternoon hike to Shrewsbury Peak.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1446 ft / 440 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1446 ft / 440 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:summit trail sb from sunapee lodge
    Start Trailhead:sunappe ski lodge  1280 ft / 390 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:solitude trail to white ledges
Ascent Part of Trip: sunapee

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sunapee Mountain2011-07-30 a1446 ft / 441 m
2White Ledges2011-07-30 b207 ft / 63 m
3Mount Sunapee-South Peak2011-07-30 c99 ft / 30 m
Total Trip Gain: 1752 ft / 534 m    Total Trip Loss: 1427 ft / 435 m

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