This is a DIFFICULT hike due to several steep sections, and because of its overall length. It brings you to Sandwich Dome [3980 ft]. The views along the way and on the summit are exceptionally good to the north and in all directions on the summit.
The trail begins at the southwest corner of the Drakes Brook parking lot, heads past the town electrical station, and enters the woods descending down to Drakes Brook. The crossing here is difficult in high water. The trail ascends straight up the western flank of Sandwich Mountain and is often steep and rocky. Once past Noon Peak, which has excellent views to the north, it levels off somewhat, passes along an exposed rock ledge with great views, and soon passes Drakes Brook Trail coming in from the left; and five minutes later, Jennings Peak spur path diverging right. It’s then another hour up to the summit. Although not as steep as the beginning of the hike, the trail is rocky and climbs steadily. It is walled-in by thick evergreens. Toward the summit, the Smarts Brook Trail enters from the right, followed by the Algonquin Trail just below the summit dome.