Sugarloaf Ridge – Goose Pond Conservation Area Hike


Join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in partnership with the Newfound Lake Region Association on Thursday, September 3rd for a guided hike to explore the beauty of the newly acquired Sugarloaf Ridge – Goose Pond Conservation Area in Alexandria.   This property includes 400 magnificent acres overlooking Newfound Lake and encompasses the landmark ridgelines of Big and Little Sugarloaf and much of the shoreline of pristine Goose Pond.  This land includes unspoiled rugged and diverse habitat. You can find more information about the conservation efforts of this property here.

Rick Barrie LRCT volunteer and lead guide for this excursion will take participants up the Yellow Trail also known as the Elwell Trail, to reach Little Sugarloaf. We will then descend a bit and then climb a steep slope to Big Sugarloaf. After a nice break on Big Sugarloaf, we will backtrack to the Orange Trail and descend it to beautiful Goose Pond, taking the Red Trail around part of the lake. Finally, we will return to our cars by the Orange Trail. Total distance is approximately 5 miles. There will be an opportunity for a lunch break along the way so please bring a bag lunch.

Rick is an avid mountaineer with over 50 years of experience, including the ascents of all of the 48 NH 4000’ers numerous times in all seasons. He has also climbed all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000’ers. He has led technical rock climbs all over the country, including Yosemite and Colorado, and in Europe. He also enjoys backcountry skiing, often on LRCT properties. He has led AMC trips in the past and has picked up a naturalist’s knowledge along the way, with particular interest in local native orchid species.

Goose Pond, Boyd Smith Photo

There is limited participation and registration is required. Details about the meeting location and directions will be sent to those who register. Please visit the Educational Programs and Guided Excursions page of our website to sign up.  Thank you!