ElevationAscent: 1,180' 360 m
Descent: -1,187' -362 m
High: 1,254' 382 m
Low: 523' 159 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“A challenging loop of Sugarloaf Mt., starting with a strenuous climb to the summit followed by a gradual, wooded tour.”— Zander Göpfert
From the high point, the loop continues gradually downward to the northern end of the property through secluded woods. After a visit to the White Rocks, the loop heads around the western boundary back to the main entrance and parking area.
At the first intersection, turn left onto the East View to White Trail connector to find the Orange Trail (Sunrise Trail), which continues to climb north. The next intersection is just below the high point. Turn left (west) onto the Red Trail (Monadnock Trail) as it heads the last few hundred feet toward the rocky crag at the summit. Given the breathtaking views and nearby parking, don't be surprised or discouraged when you find a good number of people here. The beauty of this run is that the most challenging and busiest section is now over.
From the summit, head back the way you came, this time continuing on the Red Trail (Monadnock Trail) (stay left) to the north. You'll be heading north/northeast down the ridge past a couple of intersections. Once you're on the Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail), though, you should be able to follow the blue blazes for the majority of the loop to the north. Check the Trail Run Project mobile app for navigation help.
Around the three-mile mark, you'll arrive at a five-way intersection with the Yellow Trail (Saddleback Horse Trail), Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail), and Purple Trail. Stay on the Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail) to head west over a brief climb to the White Rocks. This is a great spot for a snack or lunch break as the crowds you may have encountered at the Sugarloaf summit should have dissipated. At White Rocks, you're well over half way.
Continue south on the Blue Trail (Northern Peaks Trail) with a bit more of a gradual descent before making the final up-and-over climb around the countors of Sugarloaf on the White Trail (Mountain Loop Trail) back to the start.
As all trails at Sugarloaf Mountain can be traveled in either direction, this run can be done in reverse or adapted to accommodate groups of different ages and/or abilities.
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