These twin peaks are a great pair of small mountains and this hike would be an ideal hike for a family with young children. In fact, we saw many families had the same idea. The hike is only about 3 miles total, including both peaks, and the rewards are great.
|The Zealand Road|
|Great fall colors|
The trailhead is just a half mile down the Zealand Road from the campground. The trail follows the stream for a distance before veering away and climbing steeply for 500 feet to th col between the two mountains.
We chose to climb the North Sugarloaf first. It was a fine morning and we reached the summit to find a glorious view from the open rock summit.
|Great color in the valley|
|Nick on a rock promenade|
I was amazed that such a low peak would have such an open summit, and the middle mountain was supposedly even more open. We had a hot chocolate before going back to the col to go to Middle Sugarloaf.
It was indeed true that Middle Mountain was also an open summit. Quite amazing. This was a warmup hike for us, but for young children, or people who don't hike much, these peaks provide a lot of bang for the buck. They are quite accessible, as far as mountains go. Many high peaks don't provide views this nice.
|Looking to North Sugarloaf from Middle Sugarloaf.|
|The summit of Middle Sugarloaf|
From this pair of peaks, we returned to the Sugarloaf campground to checkout and head south. Our 2nd hike of the day would be the Welch-Dickey loop just south of Waterville Valley.
Hike Distance: 2.9 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including stops
Total Vertical Gain: ~900'