View Full Version : Little and Big Sugar Loafs, Goose Pond and Red Hill 10/15/11

Jimmy Legs and Little d
10-18-2011, 09:02 PM
Sandra and Clay (owners of the Henry Whipple House) recommended that we hike a couple of the local state parks; the Sugar Loafs in Wellington State Park and the Red Hill Preserve in Moultonborough.
After the recent rains we headed out to Wellington State Park expecting wet trails so we donned out waterproof leather boots and hoped for the best. The trails were well marked, some might say excessively. We welcomed this sign since this was our first time visiting this state park near Bristol.

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In no time at all we were at the summit of Little Sugar Loaf overlooking Newfound Lake.

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We descended into a col where Michael removed a small blow down.

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Reaching the summit of Big Sugar Loaf we snacked and took our summit picture.

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Heading over to Goose pond we encountered lots of boggy areas fed by swollen streams.

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Once at Goose Pond we saw this family of mushrooms.

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From Goose Pond it was only a short walk back to our van.

Now over to Moultonborough and climb Red Hill.

Delayed by a brief shower we eventually started up the trail at 2:10 pm.
The steady ascent soon took us to the junction where the most direct route to the tower coincided with the old Horne homestead where the foundation is still visible.

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In less than book time we reached the summit where we were greeted by dramatic skies, with storm clouds in the distance.

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We only stayed a short time on the summit because of the impending storm and it started raining and thundering less than 10 minutes after we began our descent. With our fast pace we reached our van in 30 minutes.
As we drove along Bean Road, we stopped and took one last photo of Red Hill.

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It was a fine day of hiking in southern New Hampshire on our ?mini-vacation.?

Mike and Donna
Here?s the link to the slideshow: http://jimmylegs.smugmug.com/Nature/Hiking/Sugar-Loafs-and-Red-Hill/19599834_fmn6Tb