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Gunstock Mountain
Gilmanton, NH, Gilford, NH

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

Route: Carriage Road, Gunstock Mountain Trail, (Gunstock Mountain), Gunstock Mountain Trail, Carriage Road

In trying to avoid the snow squalls that popped up, I headed south to the Belknaps. Unfortunately, the squalls hit here as well and lingered for a few hours.

The Gunstock Mountain Trail was generally still covered in snow, though the open glades had bare ground. The ice situation just below the summit was quite bad, with multiple significant blue ice bulges.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Time to Trailhead: 00:01 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,020'
Summit Elevation: 2,245'
Vertical Gain: 1,225'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,235'

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

Panorama?  False advertising. - Click to enlarge
Panorama? False advertising.

Topographic map of Gunstock Mountain

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 - offseason parking is at the gate.

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