Ascent of Sunapee Mountain on 2013-08-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sunapee Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2726 ft / 830 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to take a break from 4,000 footers and hike Mount Sunapee, a peak that was on my to-do list for quite some time.

When I arrived at the parking area for Andrew Brook Trail, there were many cars parked there, so I knew that I wouldn't have solitude. I then headed up after gearing up.

The trail started out at an easy grade, crossing a brook and passing by some wires early on. I signed a trail register in the early going, and after that, the grade became more steady, with a few steeper pitches. I made a second notable brook crossing, and the grade eased from there. Not long after, I came to Lake Solitude which, despite the name, was crowded. I took some pics and then headed to White Ledges on the Lake Solitude Trail, a part of the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway. The view was amazing, just as I figured from what I read about it. I spent about 10-15 minutes here and then continued to Sunapee.

The trail descended 250 ft and then made the climb to Sunapee. Not long after leaving the ledge, I came to a service road, which I took to the summit, passing by several ski trails and buildings.

I ate lunch at the summit lodge with the company of several other hikers and tourists. The lodge door was open, but the cafeteria was closed, so no hot food for me!

I headed back down as it began to drizzle and become more crowded. Overall, a day well spent!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1900 ft / 578 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1900 ft / 579 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1650 ft / 502 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Andrew Brook Trail, Lake Solitude Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mountain Rd.  1076 ft / 327 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1900 ft / 579 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1650 ft / 503 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Andrew Brook Trail, Lake Solitude Trail
    End Trailhead:Mountain Rd.  1076 ft / 327 m

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