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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.
The Ridge Trail Road Bypass
The Ridge Trail Road Bypass

Route: Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail Road Bypass

Trails were virtually snow free on the lower half of the ascent, but patchy ice and spring snow still remain higher up (did not go beyond the southern viewpoint just beyond the summit). I was able to bareboot with care in warmer temperatures, but an old pair of Microspikes may be useful, particularly on descent. Snowshoes will be superfluous on these two trails unless we get more snow.

Did not see much benefit to using the Ridge Trail Road Bypass, but perhaps it has more ambiance when the leaves are out and you can't see the road next to you. Adds about 0.1 miles one way, but does bypass the communications tower (and there is a spur to another viewpoint).

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Parking Elevation: 935'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 745'
Hike Vertical Gain: 785'

The Ridge Trail trailhead
The Ridge Trail trailhead

Looking at Gunstock from near the summit of Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
Looking at Gunstock from near the summit 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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