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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Piper Mountain Trail
Route: Piper Mountain Trail, green blazed trail, (Piper Mountain), green blazed trail, bushwhack, (Piper Mountain), green blazed trail, Piper Mountain Trail
With a nice, but brisk, afternoon in store, I took a little time off and headed south to hopefully get up Piper Mountain in time for the sunset. Starting from near the end of the gated Carriage Road, I turned onto the Piper Mountain Trail and was soon faced with a slightly tricky water crossing - most of it had frozen over, but not quite firm enough to easily cross. After crossing, I slowly jogged up the Piper Mountain Trail and then south to the true summit along the green trail.
Arriving well ahead of schedule, I almost half an hour to kill prior to sunset. With dropping temperatures and some light, but brisk winds, I wandered around the ridge a bit to stay somewhat warm.
After a nice sunset, I slowly jogged back down the trail, reaching the trailhead without using a headlamp, with the temperature at the base checking in around 20 degrees.
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The Piper Mountain Trail trailhead on the Carriage Road
Looking southeast from Piper Mountain
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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