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Belknap Mountain
Gilford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Red Trail on the way to the Belknap Mountain summit
Looking up the Red Trail on the way to the Belknap Mountain summit

Route: Blue Trail, Red Trail, (Belknap Mountain), Blue Trail, herd path, (1972 plane crash), herd path, Blue Trail

Looking for a light day, and with White Mountain weather not looking too good, I headed south to the Belknaps. Parking at the lot at the top of the Carriage Road, I jogged the flats and hiked the few steeps up the Red Trail. The footing was a bit rough in places with lots of roots and rocks, though the partial view part way up was a redeeming feature. With the Fire Warden on duty at the summit fire tower, I was able to check out the views from inside the cab - it's amazing how much more is visible one more flight of stairs higher.

After leaving the tower, I headed down the Blue Trail, leaving it at the first opening to follow an unmarked herdpath down steep, rocky terrain to the 1972 Piper plane crash.

Back on the Blue Trail, I walked down to the col, then jogged back to the trailhead.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Belknap Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 1, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:04 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,670'
Destination: Belknap Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:05 PM
Summit Reached: 4:21 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,710'
Summit Elevation: 2,382'
Vertical Gain: 677'
Hike Ended: 5:09 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 897'


The Blue Trail trailhead
The Blue Trail trailhead

The 1972 Piper plane wreckage on the northern shoulder of Belknap Mountain
The 1972 Piper plane wreckage on the northern shoulder of Belknap Mountain

Looking at the Ossipee Mountains from the Belknap Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Ossipee Mountains from the Belknap Mountain fire tower

Topographic map of Belknap Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Route 11A East (from Route 3), take a right on Hoyt Road. Continue down this road as it becomes Belknap Mountain Road. Eventually, take a left onto the Carriage Road. In season, one can drive up the road (closing at 6 PM) and park in the upper parking lot. The Red Trail trailhead is located beyond the shacks near the parking lot.

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