The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is 51 miles long and runs from Mount Monadnock north to Mount Sunapee. The trail was constructed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the AMC and is currently maintained by The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club. The club has published a trail guide book and map - go to www.msgtc.org.
The trail crosses over a significant number of roads and over more than 80 private landowner's properties. Please be respectful of private property, Pack in - Pack out, and take only pictures. Because of the large number of road crossings this trail is perfect broken up into day hikes and there are 6 approved campsites along the trail so it's also perfect for a through hike. Take your pick and enjoy a small piece of southern New Hampshire.
Section 6: Washington-Bradford Road to Mount Sunapee
There is one campsite along this section of the Greenway. The Moose Lookout Campsite is about halfway along this ten mile section. Pack In? Pack Out. All water along the Greenway must be sterilized. No fires are allowed and no other camping is allowed on this section. Please respect the wishes of the landowners.
From the gate hike in 0.4 miles along the road and then head west (left) onto a logging road. In a short distance you come to Bog Brook. This may be flooded in the spring. Ford carefully! Over the next mile you will go through a white pine stand, a hardwood forest, and a conifer grove. Remember, take only pictures! Leave the pine cones alone! You have a nice little ridge walk for a mile and reach the junction of Bear Pond Trail at the 2.6 mile mark. The Bear Pond Trail is a side trail heading west (left) 1.8 miles to Pillsbury State Park. Continuing north along the Greenway, you go through a dense spruce grove, an open beech forest, and a thick briar patch. The briars may overgrow the trail so put on your gators for leg protection! Be careful not to get off trail here trying to go around the briars! At the 4.3 mile mark you will come to a short side trail leading to the Moose Lookout Campsite. Continuing on the Greenway for another mile you reach the intersection with the Five Summers Trail which is 3.9 miles long and heads west (left) to Pillsbury State Park. A mile north along the Greenway from this intersection is Lucia?s Lookout? A steep ? mile scrambles over some ledges to a nice vista. Kearsarge is to the northeast, Sunapee and the Whites to the north, the Green Mountains to the west, and Lovewell and Monadnock to the south. It?s not a 360 view - there are actually two side trails to vistas here one on each side of the trail. So check them both out! Continue north along a ridge line to open ledges and Lake Solitude. You come down off the ridge along the south shore of the lake near a beaver dam and follow the western edge of the lake north. There are a lot of ledges along this side of the lake! At the north end of the lake the Andrew Brook Trail comes in from the east (right). The Greenway ascends White Ledges to the west (left). You come off the ledges into a boreal forest (spruce and fir), go along a ridge, and come to a ski trail. Go up the ski trail to the Mount Sunapee summit lodge (2743?). You are at the Greenway?s northern terminus! Congratulations! Hope you had fun! Oh, to get down off the mountain you can hike down any one of the ski trails or take the Summit Trail to the base lodge -
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Begin: 3.8 miles north of Route 31 on the Washington-Bradford Road. The Washington-Bradford Road is gated and has very limited parking along the edge. There is some parking along the road at 3.2 miles from the roads junction with Route 31. If you park here, go 0.2 miles north along the road to the gate. You can?t park here. Go another 0.4 miles past the gate to the trailhead.
End: The terminus is the summit lodge on Mount Sunapee. You?ll need to ski or hike down. The Summit Trail down the north side is a nice descent.
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