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Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, Piper 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), White Trail, Old Piper Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, (Piper Mountain), Piper-Whiteface Link, Vista Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, (Piper Mountain), Piper-Whiteface Link, Old Piper Trail, White Trail, Carriage Road

Trails were generally dry with some areas of minor mud and avoidable wet ledge remaining from Friday's rain.

While there are still a lot of green leaves in the region, the foliage along the trails is quite nice. Perhaps the nicest portion is the Vista Trail (south ridge of Piper). The southern ledges along the trail also have a sunset perspective (and will through the end of the year, as the sunset progresses south).


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
Destination: Piper Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, October 12, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,020'
Summit Elevation: 2,245'
Vertical Gain: 1,225'
Destination: Belknap Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:19
Trailhead Elevation: 2,245'
Summit Elevation: 2,382'
Vertical Gain: 407'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:29
Trailhead Elevation: 2,382'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 344'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:46
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,011'


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

The Blue Trail on the way to Belknap Mountain
The Blue Trail on the way to Belknap Mountain

Looking at eastern Belknaps and Copple Crown from the Belknap Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at eastern Belknaps and Copple Crown from the Belknap Mountain fire tower

The White Trail between Belknap Mountain and Piper Mountain
The White Trail between Belknap Mountain and Piper Mountain

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from Piper Mountain

The Vista Trail
The Vista Trail

The sunset from the southern Piper Mountain ledges - Click to enlarge
The sunset from the southern Piper Mountain ledges

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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