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Hike East Sleeper (Part of The Sleepers)

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East Sleeper Information

Elevation: 3,840 feet (1,170 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 180 feet (55 meters)
Location: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (Grafton County)
Range: Sandwich Range
Coordinates: 43°56.80' North     71°25.53' West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Difficult
Features: New England Hundred highest, and New Hampshire Hundred highest, many river crossings
Distance of highlighted hike below: Roughly 12.2 miles via the Downes Brook Trail off Route 112 (Kancamagus Highway)

East Sleeper
is one of two peaks known as The Sleepers, with West Sleeper (3,881'). East Sleeper 3,840 feet tall and sits in the Sandwich Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The Sleepers are flanked to the Northwest by Middle Tripyramid, to the Northeast by Mount Passaconway, and to the Southeast by Mount Whiteface.

The sleepers got its name from a local innkeeper named Katherine Sleeper, who was a big part of trail development in the area. The Kate Sleeper Trail, which both Sleeper peaks are off of, is named after her as well.

Even though West Sleeper Mountain is taller than East Sleeper, only the East peak is on the New England Hundred highest hiking list, because the dip between West Sleeper and South Tripyramid Mountain is under the 200 foot requirement for the list.

Lists East Sleeper are on: = A patch is available for this list
New England Hundred highest
New England Hundred highest in Winter season
New Hampshire Hundred highest


East Sleeper Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit via the Downes Brook Trail. You can hike this from Mount Whiteface as well. Click here to see the Whiteface map.

From the parking area hike to the Downes Brook Trail. There is a short 0.3 mile segment right from the parking lot. After that continue on the Downes Brook Trail by forking left. (Right will take you up to Potash Mountain). Hike for another 4.9 miles following the Downes Brook most of the way with several crossings. After the 4.9 miles you will come to a junction with the Blueberry Ledge Trail on the left and the Kate Sleeper Trail on the right. Go right on the Kate Sleeper Trail and hike for roughly 0.8 miles until you come to a spur trail on the right that leads to the summit of East Sleeper.

To get back to the parking lot, retrace your steps the way you came. (Or you can make a loop and continue along the Kate Sleeper Trail and passing over South Tripyramid Mountain and Middle Tripyramid Mountain and descending the Sabbaday Brook Trail. You would then have to walk on Route 112 for roughly a mile before turning right onto the side road the parking lot is on.)

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Click to download PDF Trail Map of East Sleeper
You can also hike East Sleeper from Ferncroft Road and hike Mount Whiteface first. See map.

East Sleeper View Photos Top

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Kate Sleeper Trail in rough condition on May 24, 2015.


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Kate Sleeper Trail in rough condition on May 24, 2015.


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Summit of East Sleeper on May 24, 2015.


East Sleeper Driving Directions Top

The parking area for the highlighted hike above is located off the Kancamagus Highway, Route 112. (To hike East Sleeper from Mount Whiteface, click here to see the Whiteface page with directions.)

From I-93 North, take exit 32 for NH-112 for Woodstock.
Turn left onto Route 112 / Kancamagus Highway.
Drive roughly 21 miles and turn right onto a side road where there is a parking area at the end.


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