Piper Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gilford, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Great morning hike with dog an wife
A little harder than expected but do-able.
I agree with the last reviewer...this trail is very uphill on the way up the summit then obviously down hill if you take the same red marker trail back down. The summit is beautiful but yes I would classify this as hard.
This is a fantastic trail, but classifying it as 'Easy' is a bit misleading. I consider myself to be in great shape, and my friend has done more hikes than me, but we both had to stop a few times to catch our breath! Granted, it was about 90 degrees outside, but the incline is very steep pretty much the entire way up. I've done Mount Major a few times and felt that this trail was a bit more challenging; however, we didn't encounter anybody else on the trail that day, so it was very peaceful. The summit is super cool and the views at the top are spectacular. I would give this trail five stars, but it was very buggy at the summit and frankly that was a bit of a distraction. Would still do it again, though! Perhaps in the fall.
Good first time hiker trail. Loved it
Decent views, the rock chairs at the top were the best part
Good summit views, typically lighter traffic than surrounding peaks, so if peace and quiet is what your looking for this is usually the better belknap range choice
If you take the Red Trail from the beginning of the Carriage Rd with a minimal amount of effort you get to enjoy some great open-summit views from the top. I traveled along this trail to start my 12 mile loop across the western Belknap peaks. Really well marked a quite nice. It was a great day out for me despite the afternoon snow showers that popped up!
Nice short hike, and great place to camp in a hammock. Very busy trail though. Nice place to camp in winter for an easy getaway. Nice views. Watch out for doggie bombs.