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Piper Mountain
Gilford, NH

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

Route: Piper Mountain Trail, green blazed trail, bushwhack, green blazed trail, Piper Mountain Trail

With nice weather, it seemed like a good opportunity to get in a quick sunset hike.

After parking near the Carriage Road gate, I headed up the Piper Mountain Trail on snowshoes. Nearing the top of the Piper Mountain Trail, I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice sunset setting up.

After crossing over the summit, I lightly bushwhacked to a western view ledge. The sun ended up setting into Ragged Mountain in a nice display of orange. With the mild temperatures, it ended up being the first pleasant sunset conditions I've had in awhile.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, March 8, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:59 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:01 PM
Summit Reached: 5:38 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 1,064'
Hike Ended: 6:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,214'


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

Looking at Mt. Cardigan from near the Piper Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Cardigan from near the Piper Mountain summit

The sunset as seen from near the summit of Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from near the summit of Piper Mountain




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. There is a small parking lot just before the gate. Trailhead is down the road a bit, on the right after a small bridge.

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