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Locke's Hill
Gilford, NH

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

Route: Lakeview Trail, (Locke's Hill), Quarry Trail

A hot, hazy day with limited visibility. I didn't feel like sitting around, so I decided I wanted to go to the batting cages. In order to justify the drive, I decided to check out Locke's Hill a few minutes to the south.

Arriving at the paved parking lot just off Route 11, I decided to check out the shorter Lakeview Trail. The first portion of the trail, while being in the woods, wasn't exactly remote as the Route 11 traffic was audible.

Shortly after ascending some switchbacks, I arrived at a nice lakeview (with a viewfinder). Since I wanted to make this a quick hike, I kept on going, soon arriving at a powerline cut. At this point, there were additional hazy lake views.

Following the trail up the powerline cut up to a quasi high point, there were some views of the western Belknap peaks. In addition, there were some ripe wild low bush blueberries.

I hadn't done much research on this hike, but I had seen photos of an old castle. I looked around the flat summit and didn't see anything obvious (come to find out, the castle is downhill a ways and on quasi-restricted property).

Since I was still in search of the castle, I decided to take the Quarry Trail back to the parking lot. While not as gradual as the Lakeview Trail, the Quarry Trail was pretty tame.

Other than a wet section on the Quarry Trail (a few skeeters), bugs weren't a problem.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Locke's Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 7, 2008
Parking Elevation: 630'
Destination: Locke's Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 630'
Summit Elevation: 1,057'
Vertical Gain: 442'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:57
Hike Distance: 1.9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 492'


The Lakeview Trail trailhead near the Locke's Hill parking area
The Lakeview Trail trailhead near the Locke's Hill parking area

A wood lilly near the summit of Locke's Hill
A wood lilly near the summit of Locke's Hill

Looking south at Belknap Mountain, Mt. Rowe, and Gunstock Mountain from near the Locke's Hill summit - Click to enlarge
Looking south at Belknap Mountain, Mt. Rowe, and Gunstock Mountain from near the Locke's Hill summit

Topographic map of Locke's Hill


Directions to trailhead: From Route 11B, take Route 11 East for just under 2 miles. The Locke's Hill parking area entrance will be on the right with a sign. The Lakeside Trail trailhead is just before the parking lot, the Quarry Trail trailhead at the back of the parking lot.

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