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Bald Knob
Moultonborough, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Bald Knob Trail
Looking down the Bald Knob Trail

Route: Shannon Brook Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), Bald Knob Trail, bushwhack, Bald Knob Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Shannon Brook Trail

With mediocre at best weather, I opted to stay local and do something that would be snow free.

As compared to late April a year earlier, spring had advanced much more dramatically - there was no snow or ice to be seen anywhere at this elevation. In addition, the trail was fairly dry.

After reaching the summit, I opted to unsuccessfully look for a rare wildflower. I dropped down the other side of the Bald Knob Trail, then climbed up the western rock face, before returning to the Shannon Brook Trail.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Bald Knob
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:25 PM
Parking Elevation: 720'
Destination: Bald Knob
Ascent Commenced: 3:26 PM
Summit Reached: 4:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 730'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,171'
Hike Ended: 5:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,472'


Shannon Brook Trail trailhead
Shannon Brook Trail trailhead

The Belknaps as seen from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
The Belknaps as seen from Bald Knob

Trailing Arbutus along the Bald Knob Cutoff
Trailing Arbutus along the Bald Knob Cutoff

The heading up the west face of Bald Knob
The heading up the west face of Bald Knob

Topographic map of Bald Knob - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly after the main Castle in the Clouds entrance, there will be a hiker parking lot on the right side of the road. Trailhead is directly across from it.

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