Mount Israel – Sandwich, NH – 52 WAV – Beautiful Views of Squam

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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

Difficulty: Intermediate

Trails

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.

Trail Map

Mount Israel Trail Map

Weather Forecast

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Center Sandwich, NH

Parking & Directions

Wentworth Trailhead:

Guinea Pond Trailhead:

Additional Pictures

Parking Area for Mount Israel

Parking Area for Mount Israel

Wentworth Trailhead

Wentworth Trailhead

Mount Israel False Summit

Mount Israel False Summit

Mount Israel Summit Views

Mount Israel Summit Views

Mount Isreal Summit

Mount Isreal Summit

Mount Israel False Summit Views

Mount Israel False Summit Views

Mead Trail Junction

Mead Trail Junction

First Viewpoint on Wentworth Trail

First Viewpoint on Wentworth Trail

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about