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Bald Knob
Moultonborough, NH, Tuftonboro, NH

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

Looking down the Bald Knob Trail

Route: Bald Knob Trail

With some junk weather moving in, it was time to get out and do a sunset hike! Since the days continue to get shorter, I decided to hike even closer to home - Bald Knob!

I started at Route 171 again, heading up the Bald Knob Trail. As in the spring, the trail was not too well marked - it takes some looking around to figure out exactly where it goes once it reapproaches the brook on the steeps...when in doubt, head uphill!

I had the knob all to myself - and the sunset was already in progress due to a cloudbank in the horizon. The colors were decent - improving a lot after the sun was down. The lights across the lake, especially those at Gunstock Ski Area, made the views especially interesting.

In checking my times when I returned, I was shocked to find out that they were identical to those in the spring - the same start time and the same summit reached time! The bad news was that in the spring I had continued uphill a bit, so my place this time around was slower - I'll blame the leaves.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Bald Knob
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, November 19, 2007
Parking Elevation: 710'
Destination: Bald Knob
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 710'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,116'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:33
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,141'

Bald Knob Trail trailhead

Looking southwest at Belknap Mountain and Gunstock Mountain from Bald Knob.

The sunset as seen from Bald Knob

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly after the main Castle in the Clouds entrance, you will arrive at the Moultonboro/Tuftonboro border. The trailhead is next to the Welcome to Moultonboro sign.

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