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Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,445.00 ft (440.44 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.80 mi (7.72 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Multiple ways to the summit. Family friendly. Great view.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)

Highest point

2,745.00 ft (836.68 m)

Features

Family friendly
Wildlife
Big vistas
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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