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Bald Knob, Turtleback Mountain
Moultonborough, NH, Tuftonboro, NH

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

Route: Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), Bald Knob Trail, Turtleback Mountain Trail, Turtleback Mountain Summit Trail, (Turtleback Mountain), Turtleback Mountain Summit Trail, herd path, Bald Knob Trail

Initially jogging up the steep, rough Bald Knob Trail, I decided to walk upon reaching the rare Hepatica wild flower patches. After a brief stop on Bald Knob, I jogged along the gradual carriage roads up to Turtleback. From near the top of Turtleback Mountain, I followed a herd path back down to Bald Knob, and then headed back to Route 171.

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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 2, 2011
Parking Elevation: 710'
Destination: Bald Knob
Time Elapsed: 00:29
Trailhead Elevation: 710'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,116'
Destination: Turtleback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 1,801'
Summit Elevation: 2,203'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 548'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:59
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,729'


Bald Knob Trail trailhead
Bald Knob Trail trailhead

Hepatica near the ledgy area prior to the first viewpoint on the Bald Knob Trail
Hepatica near the ledgy area prior to the first viewpoint on the Bald Knob Trail

Looking at Belknap Range from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Looking at Belknap Range from Bald Knob

The Turtleback Mountain Summit Trail
The Turtleback Mountain Summit Trail

Mt. Shaw as seen from Turtleback Mountain - Click to enlarge
Mt. Shaw as seen from Turtleback Mountain

Topographic map of Bald Knob, Turtleback Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly after the main Castle in the Clouds entrance, you will arrive at the Moultonboro/Tuftonboro border. The trailhead is next to the Welcome to Moultonborough sign.

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