Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Belknap Mountain State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

There was a “Private way” sign about 1/4 mile up the dirt road so we had to turn around.

23 days ago

Ho hum

hiking
27 days ago

The parking area is very small and at the end of a bumpy dirt road. Overall a good hike with varying elevations. Has some of the best views on the way up compared to Belknap’s other trails but also very steep in places. Definitely would not recommend this trail in the winter/early spring or after it’s been raining as it gets very slippery. Definitely want to do this one again in the summer.

I've hiked Mt Major 10 times now. Going early week nights are the best to avoid the Disney land line of people. last night 4/23/18 was my first time getting lost in the woods in the dark. To the point we considered calling for help. We lost the yellow trail coming down in the dark. Our hike started before sunset, we finally made it back to the parking lot at 1am. It was a great adventure

on Pine Mountain via Avery Road

hiking
29 days ago

Nice views with little effort. Great first hike of the season for our 6 and 10 year old kids and dog. Trail note: when coming up the trail the path to right at the split is a flatter route to the top.

Nice easy hike. Hit it between Nor'easters and had plenty of snow. Will be bringing the family back this summer to enjoy the great view of the lake with me. Like the mountain legend at the top. Labels for each mountain to be seen from Kearsarge to Tripyamids and beyond.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike, trails and summits well marked with blazes and cairns. There is still snow on most of the trail. Traction is not necessary but definitely makes the hike easier. I drive an old sedan and had no issue with making it to the trailhead parking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Very well marked (blue). Panoramic views.

WARNING be careful of where you park for this trail! I got to Wood Rd in Gilford and saw the signs for the parking area, but the road was an icy rocky mess and I decided not to risk it. So I parked along the side of the dirt road, there was one house at the end of the road that looked like it was under construction/not occupied. Man was I wrong. As I was driving away from where I parked I almost got RUN OFF THE ROAD by an angry man in a white truck. He informed me that he had taken pictures of my car/plates and send them to the Gilford and State Police, because no one is allowed to park there, clearly it is only HIS road. He yelled at me for a couple minutes not caring that I was only there to hike, VERY angry. A less than ideal end to a pleasant day.

Other than that the summits were nothing special, not a view at either peak. There were a few good viewing areas along the trails. Round Pond is a beautiful area to stop at as well. The trails were very icy on the way up and very muddy on the way back, I mean that is to be expected on a 70 degree day in February, but pretty dicey in some areas all and all. Not a difficult climb, good for beginners.

Fairly easy hike. Used micro spikes due to ice. Great views.

What a great and fun loop. Parking at the trailhead is alongside the road which is a bit tight. The trail going up to Straightback Mountain was not very well blazed (at least in the snow). Had there not been tracks ahead of us we would have had trouble finding our way. The connection from the summit of straightback to major (blue blazed Belknap range trail) was well blazed again. We hiked clockwise which was a great idea as to descend the shorter and moderately steep and very well blazed red trail. We had to break the trail through the snow on the way down to complete the loop and not go back the way we came. There was one brook crossing which was maybe a bit tricky but we found a way across without getting wet. Took us a bit under 4 hours in the snow.

we did this in September and loved it. awesome trail that isn't too steep

Awesome my 3 year old did great

Great little hike with spectacular view of winni and mountains to the north and east. Well marked. Trail head starts across and 200’ down the street from parking area.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. Took blue trail up, yellow trail down. Yellow trail is a quick way down. Overall, a nice hike.

Amazing view at the top! Easy and short hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Take the parking lot to the right of the school, instead of the one by the playground. Took yellow trail up and blue trail down. Summit does not have a view, but ledge just before the summit does. Nice 180 with view of Lake Winnipessaukee, Gunstock Mtn Resort, and the peaks of Belknap and Gunstock.

Nice tail though needs widening.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful view at the top. Took the blue trail (watch for lots of turns). Headed up around 10am and made it back to the lot at 1pm. We stopped for pics along the way and had lunch at the summit (15 min +/-). Trail was well marked. Nice to have a well maintained port-a-pottie at the trailhead. Didn't expect one of those.

Great little Mt. fast hike, good for whole family ,small kids also. Nice place to take lunch... needs to be added to ALLTRAILS LIST.

Great small Mt. hike , for whole family and small children . One of best views in the area. You can see lake Winnipesaukee and 3 Mt ranges. Belknap, Ossipee's, and Sandwich. only and hr. hike so take your time on top.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months 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

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months 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.

9 months 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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