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Mt. Rowe
Gilford, NH

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
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.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 1, 2010
Hike Commenced: 5:24 PM
Parking Elevation: 745'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Ascent Commenced: 5:24 PM
Summit Reached: 6:05 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 745'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 995'
Hike Ended: 6:47 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,055'

The Green Trail trailhead
The Green Trail trailhead

A wood lilly
A wood lilly

Lake Winnipesaukee as seen from near the summit of Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
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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