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Piper Mountain trail from the carriage road parking are is a great, steep and quick ascent. I wouldn't recommend taking the carriage road down. Hard on legs and not pretty to descend on asphalt. Best to go back the same way (Piper Mt trail). Views are not spectacular but it's a great workout.

We started at the Bickford Rd/Wood Rd trailhead. parking area has only room for 5 cars, so it's good to get there early. The whole loop took us under 4 hours which included a 30 min lunch break with a gorgeous view of Lake Winnipessaukee. Parts of the trail are along a carriage road, others through the woods. It was a gorgeous day, but the temperature differences between sun vs. shade and with vs without breeze were quite noticeable. Tons of blueberries all over around the two peaks. Bring a plastic dish.

Piper and Whiteface are a little small, but this hike is still worth trying out. The trail is very diverse along the way and there are very few people who take this route so it feels very isolated. You can get to the top of Piper from the lower carriage rd parking (red trail) or upper (white trail). Starting towards Whiteface on the green trail also leads to the best view from the top of Piper; I doubt most people know about it or keep walking that way.

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5 days ago

Trail head on Woods rd. small parking lot, Start on round pond trail (red) .6mi. to round pond-piper link. for about a mile .Then you pick up Boulder Trail this is your rock scramble not a killer but fun. Go to top check out the fire tower. Comeback down same trail for about .3 mi. turn left onto East Gilford trail (yellow ) , takes you back to parking lot.

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16 days ago

Nice quite trail. Starts at back of Gilford Elem. School parking lot .Good trail for kids and dogs. Lots of Blueberry's on top this time of year.

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19 days ago

So much fun. My 8 y/o son and I hiked it today and had a great time. trails well marked and met several nice folks at the top.Thank you for this app

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22 days ago

A pleasant, easy hike. Nice trails and good views.

Very peaceful trail.

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1 month ago

Nice trail lite activity, lots of Blueberry's & Strawberry's .

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1 month ago

NOT an easy hike. I would rate as moderate. I consider easy to be a combo of flat, then incline, flat, incline, etc. This trail went straight up for the 1st mile. NOT easy for someone with a bad knee and lungs. I wish I had been warned as I would have worn a stronger knee brace . The only plus was it was only me and the dog so the dog could be off leash.