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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
Looking down the Bald Knob Trail

Route: Bald Knob Trail

While my intention the previous day was to hike Bald Knob for the sunset, the amount of rain that morning persuaded me to give the water crossing another day to drop down. 24 dry hours later, I decided to give it a go.

Though not quite as warm as the previous day, it was still pretty comfortable. Rough and steep as always, the Bald Knob Trail fortunately didn't have any ice or snow on it. Reaching the summit, I saw potential for a decent sunset. While not as strong as some others this fall, it was nonetheless a decent display.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, December 4, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:21 PM
Parking Elevation: 710'
Destination: Bald Knob
Ascent Commenced: 3:21 PM
Summit Reached: 3:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 710'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,116'
Hike Ended: 4:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:29
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,141'

Bald Knob Trail trailhead
Bald Knob Trail trailhead

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from Bald Knob

Looking at Lake Winnipesaukee from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from Bald Knob

Topographic map of 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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