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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Rowe
Gilford, NH

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

Route: Ridge Trail

First portion of Belknap Range Trail (ie White blazed trail ie tower access road) was plowed. Above the ski jump turn off, there were a pair of snowshoe tracks heading up to the tower. Generally about 1-2" of sugar snow under a breakable ice crust. I was able to bareboot up the snowshoe tracks without sinking or slipping. Up on the ridge, the snowshoe track was a bit more defined, but once again bootable. That said, if doing a longer hike on lesser used trails in the area right now, I suspect snowshoes would be the best choice.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 6, 2015
Parking Elevation: 935'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 745'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 765'

The Ridge Trail trailhead
The Ridge Trail trailhead

The sunrise from the south ridge of Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from the south ridge of Mt. Rowe

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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