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Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain
Gilmanton, NH, Gilford, NH

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

Route: Carriage Road, Gunstock Mountain Trail, (Gunstock Mountain), Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, (Belknap Mountain), Green Trail, Carriage Road

While I started off jogging, reality set in as the Gunstock Mountain Trail steepened up. While the trail was generally snow free, the Saddle Trail toward Belknap was a bit icy, forcing me to put on my Microspikes. The Blue Trail was still fairly well endowed with snow, a good one to two feet deep in places.

The Green Trail was extremely icy - frankly, Microspikes were outmatched by the blue ice from runoff in December. The Carriage Road was mostly bare.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time to Trailhead: 00:01
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,020'
Summit Elevation: 2,245'
Vertical Gain: 1,225'
Destination: Belknap Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 2,245'
Summit Elevation: 2,382'
Vertical Gain: 407'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,682'


The Gunstock Mountain Trail trailhead on the Carriage Road
The Gunstock Mountain Trail trailhead on the Carriage Road

Looking at the Ossipees from Gunstock Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Ossipees from Gunstock Mountain

The Blue Trail between Gunstock Mountain and Belknap Mountain
The Blue Trail between Gunstock Mountain and Belknap Mountain

Kearsarge and Ragged as seen from the Belknap Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Kearsarge and Ragged as seen from the Belknap Mountain fire tower

Topographic map of Gunstock Mountain, 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. Look for Carriage Road on your left - offseason parking is at the gate.

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