Mount Israel is a 2,630 foot tall peak in Sandwich, NH that features fantastic views of the Sandwich Range, Mount Chocorua, Squam Lake, and more.
Elevation: 2,630 feet (801.6 meters)
Elevation gain: 1,900 feet (579.2 meters)
Distance: 4 miles roundtrip (6.45 km)
Duration (book time): 2-3 hours
Wentworth Trail – 4 miles round trip – 1,900 feet of elevation gain
The Wentworth trail begins at the end of Diamond Ledge Road at a parking lot right in front of a beautiful white house. This trail ascends relatively quickly in the first 1.5 miles before reaching your first viewpoint looking in a southward direction back at Squam Lake. The trail levels off in the last half mile where hikers reach a junction with the Mead Trail, a false summit with great views, and then eventually the true summit of Mount Israel. This is the most direct route to the summit.
The trailhead can sometimes be a little difficult to see. Check out the pictures below to help you see where to go ahead of time.
Mead Trail & Guinea Pond Trail – 7.0 miles round trip
Many hikers choose to hike to Mount Israel via the Guinea Pond Trail located off of Sandwich Notch Road. This trail is longer, but provides access to the gorgeous Guinea Pond.
Mount Israel Loop – 6.4 miles on trails plus around 3-4 miles along Sandwich Notch Road (9-10 miles total)
A loop is possible taking both trails. This adds a lot of distance to this hike. There are also other loop variations that can be done. Check out a trail map to see what is possible.
Here is the forecast for the next four days:
Center Sandwich, NH
Partly sunny, with a high near 33. South wind around 5 mph.
Patchy freezing drizzle after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Southwest wind 0 to 5 mph.
Patchy freezing drizzle before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. South wind 0 to 5 mph.
A slight chance of snow showers between 7pm and 8pm, then a chance of freezing rain between 8pm and 9pm, then a chance of snow showers and a chance of freezing rain between 9pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southeast wind around 0 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Snow likely before 10am, then rain and snow between 10am and 2pm, then rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37. South wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Rain and snow before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 8pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Sunny, with a high near 19.
Parking & Directions
Guinea Pond Trailhead:
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