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Piper Mountain, Belknap 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, Old Piper Trail, White Trail, (Belknap Mountain), Blue Trail, Carriage Road

Trails were wet from the intense rain midday, but starting to dry thanks to clearing skies and strong wind. Temperatures were in the 60s prior to sunset. Some areas of minor mud, as well as running water. Lots of wet ledge.

Strong wind gusts on the fire tower at sunset. Nice display. Mt. Washington view cleared around this time.

Nice jog out in the dark on the gated Carriage Road.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, November 1, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 1,064'
Destination: Belknap Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 2,044'
Summit Elevation: 2,382'
Vertical Gain: 592'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:20
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,686'


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

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from near the summit of Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from near the summit of Piper Mountain

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

Looking at the Sandwich Range, Mt. Washington, and the Ossipee Range from the Belknap Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Sandwich Range, Mt. Washington, and the Ossipee Range from the Belknap Mountain fire tower

The sunset as seen from the Belknap Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the Belknap Mountain fire tower

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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