Right before the summit, there is a small ladder up a steep ledge, the first time Janelle saw such a thing. “The trail is a ladder?” she asks. I’m not sure if she approves or not.
Like usual, the views from Middle Sugarloaf do not disappoint.
We lounge about for thirty minutes or so, eat lunch and further warm ourselves on the hot rocks. The breeze from the top barely made a dent, and it doesn’t take long for Janelle to ask if we have time to take a dip in our pond back at the cabin before heading home. So down we go.
The big lesson of the day – you bribe a kid to do something they do not want to do. You give them incentive to do something they do want to do.
Middle Sugarloaf Mountain (5/20/12)
Height: 2,539 feet
Location: Located in Twin Mountain, I-93 north to exit 35, Route 3 north to Route 302 east to Zealand Road.
Our trailhead: Sugarloaf Tail, trailhead just past the bridge, parking just before the bridge. (Warning: Zealand Road closes in winter and trail is accessible only on foot from Route 302.)
Distance: 2.8 miles round trip (we skipped the extra .6 round trip to North Sugarloaf)