Hiking at Mount Sunapee

New Hampshire State ParkEncompassing over 2,900 acres, Mount Sunapee includes three mountains, a small lake (Lake Solitude) and many brooks scattered through the woodlands. A variety of wildlife can be found in the park, including deer, red fox, coyote, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse and hawks. Occasionally black bear, moose, bobcats, and fisher cats feed in the area although sightings are rare.

The summit of Mount Sunapee (elevation - 2,743ft.) is reached via ski trails or the Summit hiking trail (Red Blaze). The start of the Summit Trail can be found on the right of the Lower Ridge ski trail, behind Sunapee Lodge.

A number of hiking trails are accessible year-round at Mount Sunapee.  These include the Summit Hiking Trail, the Lake Solitude Hiking Trail and the Newbury Hiking Trail.

You may also hike on any of the ski trails during the summer months. Ski trails are off limits for hiking during ski area operation, however, you are allowed to cross ski trails during winter operation to access the state hiking trails. Please look uphill for downhill skiers and snowboarders before crossing the ski trails.   Our snowshoe trails are located across the road from Spruce Lodge if you wish to have a shorter and less demanding hike.

For your safety be sure to be prepared when hiking:

  • Allow ample time
  • Wear sturdy footwear
  • Know and heed weather forecasts
  • Bring warm clothing and rain gear
  • Bring food and water in with you

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Other Things To Note

  • Mount Sunapee is carry in / carry out
  • Camping and open fires are not allowed
  • Leash all pets
  • Do not disturb wildlife on the mountain

We hope you have an enjoyable hiking experience!