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Mt. Rowe, Gunstock Mountain
Gilford, NH

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

Route: Ridge Trail, (Mt. Rowe), Ridge Trail, (Gunstock Mountain), Brook Trail, Saddle Trail, Overlook Trail, Oak Ridge CC Trail

Wanting to avoid the new snow, I opted to head down to the Belknaps and try some new-to-me trails.

After following the Ridge Trail up to Mt. Rowe (essentially a road/ski trail walk) with a side trip to check out some equipment at the ski area, I proceeded through the work zone at the summit (new tower going up) and onto the next section of the Ridge Trail, a portion I had not yet been on. Sure enough, it was quite scenic as it worked it's way down some nice ledges.

Eventually reaching the ski trails, I headed up through some patchy snow to the summit, where the views were spectacular, dominated with a deep blue lake in the foreground and white peaks in the background.

For the descent, I headed down the Overlook Trail, which ended up being longer than I would have hoped. Nonetheless, it reached a really nice view ledge (looking in part at the Round Pond area peaks), prior to reaching a bland, somewhat ugly nordic ski trail walk (hopefully this recently excavated trail will be cleaned up a bit in the next few months).


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 935'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Ascent Commenced: 4:04 PM
Summit Reached: 4:29 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:29
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 745'
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:29 PM
Summit Reached: 5:09 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:40
Trailhead Elevation: 1,680'
Summit Elevation: 2,382'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 942'
Hike Ended: 6:37 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:37
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,867'


The Ridge Trail trailhead
The Ridge Trail trailhead

Wildflowers along the Ridge Trail
Wildflowers along the Ridge Trail

Looking at the Ossipees from Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Ossipees from Mt. Rowe

The Ridge Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain
The Ridge Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain

The Ridge Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain
The Ridge Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain

Looking at the snowcapped Presidentials, between the Sandwich Range and Ossipees, from Gunstock Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the snowcapped Presidentials, between the Sandwich Range and Ossipees, from Gunstock Mountain

Topographic map of Mt. Rowe, Gunstock Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11A to Gunstock entrance, parking lot near the base lodge of the ski area. Trailhead is on the other side of the base lodge, near the skateboard park.

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