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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.
Ascending the west side of Mt. Rowe
Ascending the west side of Mt. Rowe

Route: Various trails, White Trail, (Mt. Rowe), White Trail, (Gunstock Mountain), ski trails, White Trail, herd path, Yellow Trail, Blue Trail, Green Trail

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape. Sort of a maze of poorly marked trails behind the elementary school. Attempted to follow the purple trail, however I lost it when it split (blaze seemed to imply it was going straight, however I think it went right). Kept going uphill and eventually joined the more familiar to me paths above the Yellow Trail up to the ridge.

After a side trip to Mt. Rowe, I followed the White Trail (Belknap Range Trail) to Gunstock. A new rolo on the upper Gunstock portion means that you no longer have to hop onto the ski trails. It starts off gradually, but gets progressively rugged as it works its way to the summit (coinciding with the now Orange blazed Gunstock Mountain Trail) through some nice varied stands of trees.

In the interest of time, I descended via the former ski area route of the trail, then took the White Trail back to the path to the Yellow Trail.

Brisk temperatures, crisp views, some foliage colors starting to emerge.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, September 16, 2013
Parking Elevation: 745'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 745'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 995'
Destination: Gunstock Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 1,680'
Summit Elevation: 2,245'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 800'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:08
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,920'


The Green Trail trailhead
The Green Trail trailhead

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

The rerouted Belknap Range (White) Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain
The rerouted Belknap Range (White) Trail on the way to Gunstock Mountain

Looking over Mt. Rowe at Lake Winnipesaukee from near the summit of Gunstock Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking over Mt. Rowe at Lake Winnipesaukee from near the summit of Gunstock Mountain




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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