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    Nash Stream Road status, likely open Sun 11/1?

    Anyone used Nash Stream Road lately to comment on its status? TrailsNH suggests the gate remains open until December, so I'm hoping it will be open this Sun 10/25. Trying to knock off #52 of 52WAV before wintry weather, esp since the magic bus driving us to trailheads remains a 2012 Honda Odyssey which is not exactly dirt road-friendly, eso. way down the road at the Sugarloaf trailhead.

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    editing my post to ask about road status THIS weekend which is Sun 10/25 (not 11/1). Sheesh. Time for caffeine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinMom+1 View Post
    Anyone used Nash Stream Road lately to comment on its status? TrailsNH suggests the gate remains open until December, so I'm hoping it will be open this Sun 10/25. Trying to knock off #52 of 52WAV before wintry weather, esp since the magic bus driving us to trailheads remains a 2012 Honda Odyssey which is not exactly dirt road-friendly, eso. way down the road at the Sugarloaf trailhead.

    Always in awe of this community's knowledge. Thank you.
    I believe they usually close it after a significant snowfall, or sometime in December.

    Bring a tire repair kit. That road can do numbers on your tires.

    Also, give yourself a bit of extra time to explore the area. There are some beautiful areas along the stream. It is a long and boring slog up Sugarloaf, but the views are fantastic.
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    many thanks, and will do! The Percy Peaks certainly were great. We tried to get to Sugarloaf last year but failed to use the odometer for the exact 8.2 mi drive, picking the wrong parking area 2 mi short and wandering down ATV trails instead. Amazingly Google serves up Zillow listings for that road....not sure I'd like to own property with that rugged an access road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miehoff View Post
    I believe they usually close it after a significant snowfall, or sometime in December.

    Bring a tire repair kit. That road can do numbers on your tires.

    Also, give yourself a bit of extra time to explore the area. There are some beautiful areas along the stream. It is a long and boring slog up Sugarloaf, but the views are fantastic.
    Really? I've never had issues with Nash Stream Road, both in an Honda Civic and a Honda Accord. (As in a puncture repair kit? Wouldn't you also need an air pump?) A Honda Odyssey should be fine.

    Per the 2017 Nash Stream Forest Management Plan Revision, Section 12.2, p. 165:

    Open to Automobiles - The main gate is closed in early December each year and opened each spring when road conditions allow. Some interior roads remain gated year round.
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    Yes Nash Stream Road is open and usually closes the first Monday in Dec (this year the 7th day after deer hunting season closes)..it's a super smooth road compared to Success Pond Road from the Berlin side!! If it closes before Dec 7 I will post, as I keep track of Success Pond Rd and Nash Stream Road since I live n the area...enjoy Sugarloaf!! The trailhead is right after the bridge 8.2 miles from Northside Road in Stark!!

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    thank you Lefty E! for helping with the biggest impediment: the spouse who needs arm-twisting that the car would survive. Success Pond Rd. was quite the religious experience a few weeks back, as in I've rarely prayed so hard for the car to make it up one extremely sandy hill. Good to know the road to Sugarloaf won't be as bad.

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    I just did Sugarloaf 2 weeks ago. Columbus Day weekend actually. Saw 7 people all day. Did it May 24th of 2020 as well. Saw 3 people. About a mile up that day snow started and in short order was waist deep some points to the summit.

    I'm so thankful most people always hit the lowerWhites and the chaos that's there. Or always try to nail the 48 from many ways. Saves these awesome hikes like Sugarloaf for us and our dog to have to ourselves.

    I disagree its' a boring trail up. It changes as you go along. Also there are Geocaches up there along the way to search for.

    Rogers Ledge is a nice one two with very few people. The road in is closed now but we park at the gated area and walk it to the trail head. No big deal having an extra few miles or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEO View Post
    Really? I've never had issues with Nash Stream Road, both in an Honda Civic and a Honda Accord. (As in a puncture repair kit? Wouldn't you also need an air pump?) A Honda Odyssey should be fine.

    Per the 2017 Nash Stream Forest Management Plan Revision, Section 12.2, p. 165:

    Open to Automobiles - The main gate is closed in early December each year and opened each spring when road conditions allow. Some interior roads remain gated year round.
    I was driving in Nash Stream Road this summer to do trail work for the Cohos Trail, and I rescued Kim Nilsen after he had blown a tire. It was a weekend and we had to work several days to get it fixed. It was a rental and the tire was worn. We were told that, along with the sharp rocks on the road, snowmobiles scatter sharp fragments from their traction that are left on the road and can puncture a tire. Kim and I both agreed that we would not venture on that road without a puncture kit and a pump. And that come from a guy that knows Nash Stream, I would say.

    So yes. Be prepared, but please do not be intimidated. That place is like heaven.
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    I also disagree that nash stream road is "super smooth." That can depend on time of year.
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    When I hiked this with a friend last year, her car picked up a a couple of nails in here tire. I do not think sh picked it up on the actual road but on the road getting to the forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCaper View Post
    I just did Sugarloaf 2 weeks ago. Columbus Day weekend actually. Saw 7 people all day. Did it May 24th of 2020 as well. Saw 3 people. About a mile up that day snow started and in short order was waist deep some points to the summit.

    I'm so thankful most people always hit the lowerWhites and the chaos that's there. Or always try to nail the 48 from many ways. Saves these awesome hikes like Sugarloaf for us and our dog to have to ourselves.

    I disagree its' a boring trail up. It changes as you go along. Also there are Geocaches up there along the way to search for.

    Rogers Ledge is a nice one two with very few people. The road in is closed now but we park at the gated area and walk it to the trail head. No big deal having an extra few miles or so.
    Aye aye CaptCaper! I knew if I waited long enough that we'd agree on something. Sugarloaf was a great little hike on a day when rain was expected by early afternoon so I was up and down by noon when I did it in August of 2019. I did not see a single person on the trail or at the summit and I still had great views before the clouds rolled in. I had a picture of that old stove on the summit but I can't find it. That's a neat little hike even if it is up an old eroded road for a good part of the way.
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    I found my Sugarloaf photos. Might need to thin out the archives sometime soon as they are getting a bit unwieldy to search. So there's the stove, presumably from the old cabin, and the view which encompasses Long Mt in the center and the Percy Peaks on the right. I believe that's Whitcomb Mt in the left foreground. The snake was my only companion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miehoff View Post
    I also disagree that nash stream road is "super smooth." That can depend on time of year.
    Hey I only said it was "super smooth compared to Success Pond Road"...I have been up many many times with no issues with flat tires or rough rough roads..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey J View Post
    Aye aye CaptCaper! I knew if I waited long enough that we'd agree on something. Sugarloaf was a great little hike on a day when rain was expected by early afternoon so I was up and down by noon when I did it in August of 2019. I did not see a single person on the trail or at the summit and I still had great views before the clouds rolled in. I had a picture of that old stove on the summit but I can't find it. That's a neat little hike even if it is up an old eroded road for a good part of the way.
    Glad you waited I guess. Me? I don't know who you are or whatever. So I'm numb to you I guess.

    What old eroded road? All I saw was my Golden running free and smiling as well as Birch,Beech etc trees singing in the breeze even thou they have many odd shapes (like people) from life in nature. Landscape art painted by mother nature that changed evey few feet I traveled along. Joined in by the smoothing song from the everflowing stream of Sugarloaf.

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