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Trip Log


Piper Mountain
Gilford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Reaching the ridge
Reaching the ridge

Route: Piper Mountain Trail, green blazed trail, (Piper Mountain), green blazed trail, Old Piper Trail, White Trail, Carriage Road

Trails were snow free and mostly dry. A few areas of wet ledge, but nothing too bad.

On the descent of the Carriage Road, I heard a gunshot from the direction of the Piper Mountain Trail just after sunrise this morning, then saw bleeding deer run across the Carriage Road from that direction.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Piper Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,030'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,010'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 1,064'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:06
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,214'

The sunrise from near the summit of Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from near the summit of Piper Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 11A East (from Route 3), take a right on Hoyt Road. Continue down this road as it becomes Belknap Mountain Road. Look for Carriage Road on your left. There is a small parking lot just before the gate. Trailhead is down the road a bit, on the right after a small bridge.

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