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Bald Knob
Moultonborough, NH

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

Route: Shannon Brook Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), Bald Knob Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Shannon Brook Trail

In need of some exercise, I headed over to the Castle in the Clouds area for a jog up to Bald Knob.

The trail was dry all the way to the top, including the normally muddy areas. Along the way, I observed some new plastic trail markers on all three trails.

Reaching the summit, the views were fairly strong in all directions. While it was tempting to linger awhile, I wanted to make it down prior to sunset.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Hike Commenced: 6:31 PM
Parking Elevation: 720'
Destination: Bald Knob
Ascent Commenced: 6:31 PM
Summit Reached: 7:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 730'
Summit Elevation: 1,801'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,171'
Hike Ended: 7:33 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:02
Hike Distance: 4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,281'

Shannon Brook Trail trailhead
Shannon Brook Trail trailhead

Looking up the Bald Knob Trail
Looking up the Bald Knob Trail

The Belknaps as seen from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
The Belknaps as seen from Bald Knob

Topographic map of Bald Knob - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly after the main Castle in the Clouds entrance, there will be a hiker parking lot on the right side of the road. Trailhead is directly across from it.

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