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    sandwich notch road

    Hi there,

    Can anyone tell me if Sandwich Notch Road is do-able in a regular 'ole car (with snowtires)? I'd be going from route 49 toward Ferncroft.

    The WMNF page says it's open but to "use caution." How much caution? Like SO MUCH caution that I should just forget it and drive to 93 instead?

    Thanks for any advice you may have,
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    It is not open in winter!!!

    I stand corrected, I just say the sign on the WMNF. I will assume that it is like the Mt. Clinton road groomed for snowmobiles. I do not think I would take a car down the road without first walking a good deal of the road to test the surface. A German half-track might work.

    Another point. Since we do not live that far from one another I never use the Sandwich road when I am heading to Ferncroft. It is quicker to use 175 to 113 to 113A.
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    Sandwich Notch Road is barely if at all passable by "normal" cars in the summer. I wouldn't dare try to navigate it except high summer to early fall.
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    I read that it is maintained thus to discourage through traffic..., and that it is an excellent ski option in winter.

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    No way to get a car down that in the winter - big snowbank piled up at the entrance on the Sandwich side.

    In the summer, the big issue is large ruts and washouts, as well as dirtbikers who fly around blind corners. Nonetheless, it does shave a few minutes off going through Holderness, etc.

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    So I guess if I want to have a *real* adventure, I should try it. Kidding. Thanks, folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrishandAlex View Post
    Like SO MUCH caution that I should just forget it and drive to 93 instead?
    Quote Originally Posted by MadRiver View Post
    Another point. Since we do not live that far from one another I never use the Sandwich road when I am heading to Ferncroft. It is quicker to use 175 to 113 to 113A.
    I agree with Mad River on both counts. I only use Sandwich Notch Road to reach trailheads on it, and there is no need to use I93 going from Campton to Ferncroft. Using Rt 175 shaves off quite a bit of distance, and saves driving through scenic Ashland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohamed Ellozy View Post
    I agree with Mad River on both counts. I only use Sandwich Notch Road to reach trailheads on it, and there is no need to use I93 going from Campton to Ferncroft. Using Rt 175 shaves off quite a bit of distance, and saves driving through scenic Ashland.
    Perhaps I should amend what I said earlier - Sandwich Notch Road is faster if you have a vehicle with high clearance and you've memorized the location of the ruts and potholes

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    We've been out walking up in there the last couple of weeks..From Sandwich to the height of the land at least the trail is well groomed out for upcoming sled dog race and also recieves heavy snowmobile traffic along the powerlines..

    Now..with a good 8-10 dog team you could make pretty good time heading out that way

    They used to show that road a s a shortcut to Waterville.. maybe on foot or skis but certainly not by car.. passable with high clearance and a step or 2 above CVR..but..

    I took my dad through there once..after we unclamped his white knuckles from the grip bars he simply said.."don't ever take me there again"

    as a side note..113 from Holderness to North Sandwich is notorius in spring and the heaves are starting..many of the locals would take the slightly longer but much smoother journey from meredith on 25 to 113 in Tamworth then to Ferncroft..
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    Got a nice laugh once after finishing a hike up Sandwich Dome at the Algonquin trailhead. Some guy in a big BMW sedan with Mass plates, heading west, comes flying by doing maybe 20-30, hits a bump and absolutely bottoms out making a horrible sound, sparks, couldn't have been good. At this time the Waterville side was rutted out real bad and picturing him further down the road, beating the crap out of his expensive BMW, white-knuckled, cursing NH roads or his TomTom for sending him that way just brought a smile to my face.

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    When Sue and I still owned our Jeep Wrangler, we used to enjoy heading over to the Corner House for lunch with a mandatory stop at the League of Craftsmen shop; btw every lamp in my house is from that shop, before heading back home. It is a fun drive if you do not care about your car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadRiver View Post
    When Sue and I still owned our Jeep Wrangler, we used to enjoy heading over to the Corner House for lunch with a mandatory stop at the League of Craftsmen shop; btw every lamp in my house is from that shop, before heading back home. It is a fun drive if you do not care about your car.
    Exactly

    done that trip in reverse to Mad River Tavern a few times...
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    Thanks, everyone. Wow, that road sounds like quite the interesting trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDawg View Post
    Some guy in a big BMW sedan with Mass plates, heading west, comes flying by doing maybe 20-30, hits a bump and absolutely bottoms out making a horrible sound, sparks, couldn't have been good. At this time the Waterville side was rutted out real bad and picturing him further down the road, beating the crap out of his expensive BMW, white-knuckled, cursing NH roads or his TomTom for sending him that way just brought a smile to my face.
    I can relate to that. In late July, 2007, driving west on 25 from Ossipee in my new Outback to meet rocksnrolls for hikes to Mts. Carr and Stinson, my Navigator assured me that, rather than the route I knew on main roads, I should take dirt roads in Sandwich that went by the Mt. Israel trailhead, through farms and finally to the south end of Sandwich Notch Road, which I took for its entire length. Ms. Navigator's calm, warm contralto instills confidence so I followed her blindly, but with that wild ride the scales fell from my eyes and now she is always muted. I also check my Delorme beforehand.

    I knew enough to go slow and was lucky, barely missing some ruts that seemed about a yard deep. So, my car and I emerged unscathed. Still, instead of 20 minutes early, I was 30 minutes late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amicus View Post
    So, my car and I emerged unscathed. Still, instead of 20 minutes early, I was 30 minutes late.
    Lucky you. I was scathed. Needed a new muffler for my Nissan Maxima.
    If I lived near Tecumseh and were driving to Whiteface/Passaconaway, I'd take I-93.

    Does anyone know how Sandwich Notch Road compares to Jefferson Notch Road and Bear Notch Road? Are any of them reasonable alternatives to the US routes?

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