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Mount Sunapee

Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

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  • Sign along the trail. - Mount Sunapee
  • Hiking to the Mount Sunapee summit.- Mount Sunapee
  • Scenic woods along the trail. - Mount Sunapee
  • Mount Sunapee summit.- Mount Sunapee
  • Summit lodge on Mount Sunapee.- Mount Sunapee
  • View from Mount Sunapee.- Mount Sunapee
  • View from the Summit Lodge.- Mount Sunapee
  • View from the Summit Lodge.- Mount Sunapee
  • A trail to White Ledges and Lake Solitude leaves from the summit. - Mount Sunapee
  • View from Mount Sunapee. - Mount Sunapee
  • View from Mount Sunapee. - Mount Sunapee
  • View from a Mount Sunapee ski trail. - Mount Sunapee
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Pros: 
Multiple ways to the summit. Family friendly. Great view.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee, NH
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
2,745.00 ft (836.68 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,445.00 ft (440.44 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mount Sunapee is a popular place to visit year round and is located within Mount Sunapee State Park, where you’ll find a campground and beach as well as hiking and downhill skiing trails at the Mount Sunapee Resort. Once the snow melts and summer hits, the mountain is turned into an adventure park that includes miniature golf, a challenge course, a zip-line, mountain biking, and more. Hikers take to the trails and enjoy the views overlooking Lake Sunapee from the top.

A popular route to the summit is via the Summit Trail, which begins behind Sunapee Lodge, where there’s plenty of parking. The trail travels through the woods with easy to moderate grades and brings you out behind the Summit Lodge and Sunapee Express chairlift. If you’re not much of a hiker, you can opt to take this chairlift to and from the summit. Once you’re on the summit, take a walk around and explore the area, as there are different viewpoints and a trail that leads to White Ledges and Lake Solitude. Yoga classes are offered once or twice a week from June through October, and they require the purchase of a ticket in the Adventure Center. Once you’re ready to head back down, choose between returning the way you came on the Summit Trail or looping back to your car by ski trails. The wide, open ski trails offer views for much of the way down. Just be sure to consult a map of the ski trails if you want to ensure a more direct route back.

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