Sandwich Dome

August 10, 2002
(Tim & Danielle - Total Distance: 9 miles)

At 3,993 feet, Sandwich Dome is the highest mountain in New England under 4,000 feet. It is one of the 100 highest peaks in the northeast and since it is under 4,000 feet fewer hikers are found here.

We decided to do a loop hike that would take us over Noon and Jennings peaks before we reached the summit of Sandwich Dome. Most of the trail up was a steady ascent. We passed some big boulders and eventually came to a section of trail that was almost vertical before we finally reached the rocky ledge of Noon Peak. 

Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley from Noon Peak
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Danielle on Jennings Peak
Danielle on Jennings Peak 
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Noon Peak has some fantastic views of the Tripyramid's and Waterville Valley. After a quick break we continued on our way. The trail between Noon and Jennings Peak's was easy and peaceful. We passed some Indian Pipe and found a ledge with a nice view of Sandwich Dome and Jennings Peak. Then before we knew it, we arrived at the spur path to Jennings Peak. This trail had a rather steep section just before the top. Once we reached the summit we took a break and enjoyed the view toward Sandwich Dome

The path between Jennings Peak and Sandwich Dome was a lush carpet of ferns. Once we reached the summit we found a nice view of Waterville Valley. We could also see Mt. Washington, the Tripyramids, and the ridge we followed for our hike. A few other hikers joined us on the summit and we all shared stories of the hikes we have done. On our way back down the sun came out and cast some interesting shadows on the trail. For the remainder of the hike we followed the Drakes Brook trail and were pleased to find that most of the trail was almost flat and followed the stream all the way to the parking lot.

Danielle and Tim on Sandwich Dome
Danielle and Tim on Sandwich Dome
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