Elevation: 6,450 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published April 2018
This distinctive summit is located southeast of Black Mountain and north of Silver City. It is less rugged than its neighbor to the south, The Sugar Loaf, but is slightly higher which is likely how it received its name. If your vehicle can make it, the Little Sugarloaf is a short hike but I did this one in February and driving close was not an option.
Begin your approach in Murphy and take the Rabbit Creek Road toward Reynolds. From Rabbit Creek Road turn south on the signed Slacks Mountain Road that leads towards Black Mountain. [See the Reynolds Area Access page for more details.] At the base of Black Mountain, where the Slacks Mountain Road crosses Sheep Creek, take the left fork which leads to the top of Black Mountain. About a mile past the summit of Black Mountain, turn left on the road north of the North Fork of Sinker Creek. About a mile down that road turn south and follow this road to the base of the Little Sugar Loaf. This road crosses private property but there as a sign stated “Access Yes” thus, allowing thru traffic at the time of my hike. However that is subject to change but the road can easily be bypassed to the west.
From the road it is an easy hike to the summit. A 4WD vehicle is required if going past the base of Black Mountain. It may be possible to approach this peak from the east if the road is not posted. The summit has nice views and the approach is hike is scenic. Length and elevation gain will depend on how far you drive. The drop off of the Black Mountain Road to the base of Little Sugar Loaf is 600 feet which also means it will be a 600 climb to get back to the Road.