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Pretty good hike, if you have a dog don't go down the blue trail from the top just double back on the yellow. Way to steep and rocky. Had to carry my 100lb doberman down a few spots which was very sketchy.

You will almost miss this trail! But amazing views and a god work out. Parking is adequate and shares the same if you have to go Mount Belknap. Both Piper and Whiteface has amazing views and hiking back to the summit of Piper is a little challenging, but simply worth it.

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4 days ago

Worth a hike. Steep in some areas.
But the view is worth it.
Yellow trail clearly marked all the way up.
Very quiet didn't see anyone on trail only at the fire tower

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9 days ago

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21 days ago

As many others have said, giving this trail an easy rating is misleading. Steep all the way up. Often on ledge. Without the app. we never would have been able to figure out where to find the orange trail down. We wanted to avoid taking red trail that we had come up since it was steep and the ledge was sometimes wet. The orange trail lead to a gravel and then tar road down to the parking lot but it was quiet and the surrounding woods were beautiful. We were concerned about how challenging and time consuming the unknown hike down might be but it went quickly and was much easier than the hike up. I thought there were plenty of panoramic views. Loved the mixture of forest hiking and open summit.

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23 days ago

It was a good exercise. The view is ok. I finished the loop following red marks up, orange marks from the top and white marks leading to a paved road (about 1 mi) back to parking.

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23 days ago

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24 days ago

Trail head at end of Bickford rd. Small parking lot, also trail head to Round pond and East Gilford trail to Belknap Mt. Trails very from small wood type trails to open trails on the Gunstock Ski Resort Property , for Mt. Bike/ snowshoes. Trail starts out marked (RED ) take right on to Round pond trail still RED for 1.2 miles. Take left on to ( Orange ) Overlook trail 2.2 miles to Saddle .01 to Brook trail, This crosses Gunstock ski slopes in 2/3 places. Comes out above parking lot. Walk across parking lot, pick up (RED ) Trail by bridge, marked. This forms the loop and bring you back to Bickford parking lot.

This is Piper south ( Vista trail ) yellow . Trail head is at end of Belknap Mt. road, small parking area. Walk up road 200 yds. look left small sign says hiking trail. Don't be fooled you walk between two house's , their backyards only for a short bit. This trail is marked green. Very quit trail.

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1 month ago

If you want to hike Mt. Major without fighting the crowd. Try this back way up. Go to the end of Jesus Valley rd. Park on side of road. You start up Old Stage rd. for .1 of mile and pick up Jesus Valley trail ( red ) sign says to Straightback & Mt. Major. About 1.7 to top of Major. Then come down Boulder loop trail ( orange ) a little over mile and pick up Jesus Valley / Beaver pond trail (red ). this forms your loop.

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1 month ago

The red trail is really nice and rather easy to find from the parking area. I definitely recommend, after getting to the summit, that you keep going along the green trail about 10 minutes (towards whiteface). When the trees part and there's a clear drop marking the edge of Piper Mountain, the view is really wonderful.

1 month ago

very quiet, nice views and well marked trails

Very quit trail, great view, multiple ledges. and a cave on East Quarry, small side trail marked. West Quarry has a site marked out with a stone quarry from mid 1800's Trail head is at the end of Gildden road. You can drive up the dirt road a shot ways and park on an old log landing or park side of Gildden rd.

Started at the Wood Road parking lot, about six parking spaces. Headed to the fire tower via the yellow blaze Trail. From the fire tower, down the blue trail to gunstock. confusing maps so be sure about your plans before hiking. Third week in August and an abundance of blueberries along the way, some BlackBerries too! Many different landscapes, moderate hiking, great view. We will go back and take some of the other trail options. Something for everyone! Our total trip was 5 1/2 miles, about four hours including a lunch stop and a few rest breaks.

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1 month ago