Summary: A lovely pond in a small bowl. You look across the pond at two small peaks. There is a lean-to shelter and about 5 tent sites. The area is heavily used and it was hard to find good wood for a fire but there are nice fire rings available and good tent platforms.
Trailhead: Take the Sawyer River Road off of route 302 to the end, passing the trail head for Mt Carrigain, Signal Ridge. Cross the foot bridge to get onto the trail.
This is a dirt road which is not open in the winter months.
There is a self-service fee tube at the parking lot and $3.00 will be needed per day. (Lat:44.0495 Lon:-71.38059)
Trail Guides for Sawyer Pond:
AMC White Mountain Guide
by Appalachian Mountain Club (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Saco Ranger, 603 447 5448
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Tom on 9/18/2013
I am a bit bias, as I redid much of the drainage and installed stepping stones on the stream near the camp sites for my Eagle Scout project back in 1995. This has always been a favorite hike of mine though. nice spot, great views. Just be sure to bring a bear bag, definitely a fair amount of bears in the area. I am curious to bring my family up there to see how the work has held up, as it has been years since I have been back in there.
Reviewed by Tom on 9/17/2013
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Reviewed by Viewer on 7/11/2012
I have been,be fore road was whast? out. when it was respected,what goes up ///comes doun.... DID not pay. I now,work for wood. I now school was there,kids.learning.. my nefyou cot 1st fish.pitchers,pitchers,I can see.an see.??? IAM young.AN still.f phone,ex. text,be on the grond.?? late spring IV walked across pond..no ranger, worhed for wood .pay for wood?? ,parking/ex. now not the same.I remember looking at hafe ? boat under water ,did see.A lot of whoes been at it .people.I was towed ab ilnand...??? good people walk by. bears.??..
Reviewed by Paul on 8/24/2011
The nice hike in was nice. The shelter and the surrounding area was stunning, but i did a bit of fishing and kept catching "chub" correct me if i am wrong. They seemed to be small sucker fish. Well i kept catcing a bunch and realized the ones i was getting were all fat. So i caught one gutted it to find a 12 inch long white worm living in the intestinal tract of this fish. This stood true for 2 more fish i caught and then i could only assume the fattened look was actually a worm. I realized the countless baitfish at Sawyer pond were infected by monstrous tape worms
Reviewed by Alexander on 7/31/2010
This is a pretty good one. It took my father and I about 45 minutes to get to the camp sites, then we bushwacked around to the other side of the pond where he had set up a crude site 15 years before. It is a few yards up the small stream that FEEDS IN near the island. When he tried fishing long before, he caught several brook trout at the mouth of the stream, but we didn't catch anything except a small trout that time.
Reviewed by Andrew on 12/16/2009
This was the worst hike iv ever done when i talked to the ranger he said yes its all pathed and it is very easy. So I took my dog with me turns out you have to wade (You Have To Walk In water Up to your Stomach) I would never Do this Trail Again My dog almost Drowned Horribal Hike Dont Take It NH Needs To Take Better Care Of There Trails
Reviewed by Jen on 11/17/2008
This was a hike I did many times as a kid. My husband and I recently took our dogs on an overnight outing there. The hike only took us about 45 min one way with plenty of water breaks for the dogs. The camping set-up is great, but get there early in the day during the summer or you risk not getting a tent site. The pond is great for swimming and the view of the mountains across the pond is breathtaking.
Reviewed by x on 8/11/2008
Crowded and poorly maintained for the amount of USFS rangers that appeared. Fishing was terrible. Saw a few fresh bear scrapes near Little Sawyer.
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