NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Yellow Trail on the way to Mt. Rowe
Route: Green Trail, Blue Trail, Yellow Trail, herd path, White Trail, (Mt. Rowe), White Trail, herd path, Yellow Trail, Blue Trail, Green Trail
After hiking Belknap Mountain, I decided to do another short hike on my way home. Parking in the Gilford Elementary School parking lot, I found the trailhead in the back corner. Dropping into a marsh, the trail crossed it via a nice boardwalk. From there, I jogged as the trail (now Blue) gradually climbed, bearing left at a junction with an orange trail. Continuing on the Blue Trail, I crossed a small creek, then took a left onto the Yellow Trail.
The Yellow Trail ascended steeply at first, eventually becoming gradual and reaching a woods road of some sort. Proceeding on this, I followed a series of herd paths through some open areas up to the White Trail, where I had multiple views of Gunstock and Lake Winnipesaukee as I worked my way to the summit of Mt. Rowe.
My descent was slowed a bit as I found a bunch of ripe blueberries (as well as a bunch of wood lillies) alongside the upper trails.
Compared to the generic ski trail ascent of Mt. Rowe, this was a very nice alternative.
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The Green Trail trailhead
A wood lilly
Lake Winnipesaukee as seen from near the summit of Mt. Rowe
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11A East from Laconia. Take a right onto Belknap Mountain Road. Take a left into the Gilford Elementary School parking lot. The trailhead is located in the back, southeast corner of the parking lot.
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