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Belknap Mountain
Gilford, NH

Belknap Mountain as seen from Red Hill
Belknap Mountain as seen from Red Hill

Location mapSummary
Belknap Mountain is the highest point in Belknap County. While the summit is viewless, the fire tower/observation deck (just below the cab) has views in all directions.

On June 18, 1972, a Piper airplane departing from the Laconia airport en route to Great Barrington, MA, went missing in poor weather conditions. Nearly a year later, a few local residents decided to hike up to a shining object they had seen from below. On June 3, 1972, the bodies of the two on board the plane were recovered when the crash site was discovered.

The crash site remains relatively in tact today.


Summit Elevation
2,382 feet

Summit Facilities
Firetower.

Relics
1972 Piper plane wreck on upper northeast slope.

Trip Reports:
Click on the date for photos, timestamps, and maps.
Date of Hike Trail(s) Length Steepness Vertical
November 1, 2013 Piper Mountain Trail, more Moderate Difficult 1,686'
October 26, 2013 Blue Trail Moderate Moderate 702'
September 4, 2013 Piper Mountain Trail, more Moderate Difficult 1,966'
July 16, 2013 Gunstock Mountain Trail, more Moderate Moderate 1,682'
June 20, 2013 Piper Mountain Trail, more Moderate Difficult 1,676'
May 31, 2012 Piper Mountain Trail, more Moderate Difficult 1,746'
April 21, 2011 Gunstock Mountain Trail, more Moderate Moderate 1,682'
July 1, 2010 Red Trail, more Moderate Difficult 897'
April 11, 2009 Gunstock Mountain Trail, more Moderate Moderate 2,011'
December 20, 2008 Gunstock Mountain Trail, more Moderate Moderate 1,682'
July 29, 2008 East Gilford Trail, more Moderate Difficult 1,624'
November 23, 2007 Various Moderate Difficult 1,817'
April 13, 2007 Green Trail, more Moderate Moderate 1,412'

More Information
- Belknap Range List
- Belknap Mountain - Wikipedia
- Belknap - NHMountainHiking.com
- NYC72AN158 - NTSB.gov - 1972 Piper Accident Report




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