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Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:43 pm
by Woodserson
About 8 miles or so, 9 with our detour to a lake, through a wild notch on a non-winter-maintained road in the White Mountain Nat'l Forest/Sandwich Range in NH. North to south consists of a 500' climb to height of land and then a 900' descent to the car on the south side over the 8 miles. Not super long, but very quiet and beautiful. We had perfect conditions, 6" of dry fluff on edgeable base.

We start. Two days after a snow and still no travelers! It is usually frequented by snowmobiles... afraid of a little cold?
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Height of land, 1776 feet. This sign is mentioned in all the old nordic tour guidebooks from the 70's and early 80's
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An island of private land hosts this old farmhouse surrounded by the National Forest
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Lunchtime!
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Turning the Gamme's down the road, my buddy with the wider foot spacing is on Traverse 78's
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Looking north to Black Mountain and Sandwich Dome from Kiah Pond, about 3/4 a mile off the road
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Heading down during the Blue Hour, snowmobile tracks now on the south side, fast descent!
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The sign on the other side
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Driving back to the car on the north side, we now see the other side Black Mountain and Sandwich Dome turn pink with the alpenglow
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Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:13 pm
by Cannatonic
looks beautiful, it's the like the gateway to the White mtns. So it's basically a gradual uphill for 4 miles and then downhill 4 miles on the other side. looks like a great place to drop a car on the other side.

Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:23 pm
by Smitty
Beauty shots, thanks for sharing Woods.

Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:56 pm
by 12gaugesage
Thats cool, that was a major road at one point in time. Sandwich is a beautiful area, I work down there sometimes, classic New England frozen in time.

Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:36 pm
by fisheater
Sweet outing Woods! Looks like the Gamme turn nicely.

Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:22 pm
by lowangle al
That sounds like typical tours that I do. Mine will have sections that are worthy of doing some laps. That way I can add to the fun and time spent outside. I can stretch a two hour tour into three or more hours without getting further from the trailhead.

Ps: I like your buddy's tracks.

Re: Sandwich Notch Rd end-to-end from the north

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:50 pm
by TreeFallin
That looks like a fun day trip. I’m gonna check it out, maybe even next weekend. So you spotted two cars or went there and back?