I parked at the trailhead for the Sugarloaf Trail, and then walked directly across Zealand Road to access the grassy forest road (FR 155) which heads eastward. After walking along this road for about a mile, I arrived at the rock climbers trail on my left. It's sometimes marked with a cairn, but not always. My goal was to to reach some lower ledges on Mt. Oscar. If you are unfamiliar with the name "Mt. Oscar", the Bretton Woods ski slopes are located on this mountain. (See Google Earth image at end of this report.)
Just before embarking on the rock climbers trail that leads to Mt. Oscar, I took a snapshot of the Middle and North Sugarloaf mountains.
Middle and North Sugarloaf Mountains
As expected, after a short trek along the rock climbers trail, I hit a wall! Unless you're skilled at scaling a sheer cliff, you need to find another way up to the top.
Base of cliffs on Mt. Oscar
As I've done before, I worked my way eastward along the base of the cliff and located a rather dicey route up to some lower ledges on Mt. Oscar. With my time limitations, I just snapped a few photos, and then carefully descended via the same route as used for my ascent. Shown below are a few of the photos taken from the lower ledges of Mt. Oscar.
Sugarloaf Mountains from lower ledges on Mt. Oscar
Zealand Valley from lower ledges on Mt. Oscar
Looking across the lower ledges toward Mt. Tom
On the return leg of my Mt. Oscar trek, I took the short little trail to Wildlife Pond. This is an official trail off of FR 155 that is marked with a sign. Shown below is a photo taken en route to Wildlife Pond.
Along the way to Wildlife Pond
The next photo shows a snapshot from Wildlife Pond looking toward Mt. Hale.
View from Wildlife Pond looking toward Mt. Hale
Upon leaving the Wildlife Pond, there was a view of Middle Sugarloaf as seen from the bog bridges along the trail.
Middle Sugarloaf as viewed from bog bridges along Wildlife Pond Trail
Google Earth image showing area where I did my trek
To sum it up, what can I say? This was a brief two-hour adventure (or nearly three-hours if you count travel time to/from the trailhead from my home). It was a hike that I've done several times before. And as always, "short and sweet" sort of says it all! :-)