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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 up the Piper Mountain Trail
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.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Hike Commenced: 2:58 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 2:59 PM
Summit Reached: 3:25 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 1,064'
Hike Ended: 4:40 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:42
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,214'


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

Looking southeast from Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast from Piper Mountain

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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