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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 up the Bald Knob Trail
Looking up the Bald Knob Trail

Route: Bald Knob Trail

With some clouds in the sky, it looked like a nice day for a Bald Knob sunset hike. The side of Route 171 was plowed a bit, allowing for some parking.

After dealing with multiple feet of snow in the Whites for a few weeks, it was surprising to see such small amounts of snow on the Bald Knob Trail - much of it was covered with 1-3". Thus, we donned Microspikes for the hike.

The views from the windy summit were quite good - though the Whites were in the clouds, everything else was visible - even Mt. Monadnock was easily seen. Awhile later, it was a nice sunset - unfortunately, the wind made taking steady photos a bit challenging.

The descent went smoothly without headlamps - the night skiing lights for Gunstock, Pat's Peak, and Crotched Mountain were all easily seen.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 7, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:29 PM
Parking Elevation: 710'
Destination: Bald Knob
Ascent Commenced: 3:29 PM
Summit Reached: 4:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 710'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,116'
Hike Ended: 5:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:46
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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