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Piper Mountain
Gilford, NH, Gilmanton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Piper-Whiteface Link
Looking up the Piper-Whiteface Link

Route: Whiteface Mountain Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, (Piper Mountain), Piper-Whiteface Link, Vista Trail, Valley View Trail

Trails were dry. Good blueberry crop atop Piper Mountain.

Took Valley View Trail clockwise. Northwestern branch starts off the yellow Vista Trail shortly after Piper-Whiteface Link, marked by cairn atop a ledge on the left (once on said ledge, blazes and sign are visible).

Trail initially descends on ledges that could be dangerous when wet, then slabs across the slope (some portions hard to follow due to faint footbed), soon descending via scrambles to the boulder field. From this boulder field, the trail then climbs to a rock slide, which requires some bouldering/scrambling. Also noted a porcupine hiding in a crevasse. Trail then ascends steeply to the junction of the green Swett Mountain Trail and yellow Vista Trail junction. Tricky to take this trail clockwise or counterclockwise, but I think clockwise is probably the way to go. I found this trail to be more challenging than the Holt Trail, which is considered by some to be the most challenging sanctioned trail in Southern New Hampshire. Easily the most challenging sanctioned trail in the Belknaps. Similar in challenge in places to the Ice Gulch Trail up north in Randolph.

Backtracking up the yellow Vista Trail, the best blueberries of the hike were around the southern Piper Mountain vista (which in my opinion is by far the best viewpoint on the mountain).


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 13, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,050'
Destination: Piper Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 2,044'
Vertical Gain: 1,024'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:57
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,914'


The Whiteface Mountain Trail trailhead
The Whiteface Mountain Trail trailhead

Looking at the central Belknaps near the summit of Piper Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the central Belknaps near the summit of Piper Mountain

The north side of the Valley View Trail
The north side of the Valley View Trail

The north side of the Valley View Trail
The north side of the Valley View Trail

The climbing up the south side of the Valley View Trail
The climbing up the south side of the Valley View Trail

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. At the end of this road, take a left. There will eventually be a turnaround area with a private road sign. Park here, and continue up the road on foot. The Piper Whiteface Trail trailhead will be on the left side of the road.

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