Belknap Fire Tower (Red/Green Loop) Trail

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Belknap Fire Tower (Red/Green Loop) Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gilford, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.3 miles 666 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Belknap Fire Tower offers a great view of the surrounding area. There is also a plane crash site just down the back side of the mountain from the fire tower. The crash is a little hard to get to, but very cool.

27 days ago

Really beautiful views on the hike up the green trail. Once your to the top there's a few neat things to check out but you cannot see any views unless you climb the tower! If your afraid of heights you won't want to climb the tower so it's kind of a bummer but if you can conquer your fear for heights climbing the tower IS WORTH IT!! Breath taking views!!! We took the red trail down which seemed much harder than the green trail but still a ton of fun and there's one GORGEOUS view on this trail. Great short hike to fit into a busy day :) hope you'll enjoy!!

1 month ago

Amazingly beautiful views!

5 months ago

Nice short hike but it was a cloudy day. About 1 hour 10 minutes up.

6 months ago

Fun hike with possibilities to hit other surrounding peaks. Different trails with different skill levels available

1 year ago

Great hike up the White trail and down the Blue. Approx 3mi and 2 hours. Great family hike when dry. A little rough in spots if wet Great views on the White trail. Climbed fire tower. Allot of trees at the peak better views at lookouts along the trail. Only con is allot of forrest hiking with approx 4 lookouts on the white trail on the way up. Def want the White trail for best views.

1 year ago

Excellent hike with limited views. Climb the fire tower for an outstanding view. Parked at Carriage rd. gate and ascended via blue blazed trail and took the red trail down. Easy hike with my six yr. old son.

1 year ago

I really like this section of the Belknap Ridge Trail.
The views from Gunstocks, Belknap, and Piper are very good. The fire tower on Belknap offers great views, especially when the ranger has the tower open to visitors.
The trails in this area are well marked and maintained. Lots of blueberries in July and early August.

2 years ago

We followed the directions to get to this trail, but did not make it. There may be an alternate route, because this way requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We will try again.

2 years ago

Since the tower is the highest point in Belknap County; the 360 degree views from it are amazing! Reached this peak from Piper Mtn and then traveled on to Gunstock. Pretty well marked trails with what appears to be some new fresh paint!

3 years ago

I hiked this mountain from the south side with a group of Boy Scouts at Hidden Valley Scout Camp. This was out first mountain of a five day trek and it was an awesome start to the trip. The fire tower has an amazing view and the nearby plane wreck is neat too. There is a nice area for camping not too far from the summit back down the south side (I don't remember the trail names), However it is small and should only be used with minimal impact camping. This is a great hike and I definitely recommend it.