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13 days ago

Different trails for all ages, taking your time you can easily complete any trail with staying on two feet. A great view of gunstock on a clear day! Parking at the elementary school makes it safe and convenient.

Pretty packed down trail, all I used were yaktraks and I had no issue. Good little hike!

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20 days ago

Great quick hike for relatively good views.

Awesome hike with ally! Views at the top were great! It started spitting giant snowballs at us and freezing cold wind as soon as we got up there. Sunny in the way down. Very rewarding hike!

1 month ago

Ran part of the trip up and most of the way down, many options for different trails. The waterfall on the Blue trail is very nice, and there is plenty of open views at the top of Gunstock.

on Mt. Rowe

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2 months ago

Good hike up Mt Rowe on blue trail, then took White Ridge Trail to Summit of Gunstock ski area lunch break at top, the access road to base of ski area. trails were clearly blazed. on a clear day there would be plenty of good views. Today 10/9/18 it was very foggy, drizzly and NO VIEWS.
Definitely would do again.

Parking is minimal. There is a half moon on the right where the blacktop ends then a short walk up the dirt road to the trail on the left. The beginning of the trail is nice and wide and a steady uphill climb for quite awhile!! I was very winded, but got through it!! The trail gets a little tougher as you climb. A lot of loose rocks and a ton of water!! It’s a great workout both ways!! Very pretty at the top!! All in all, a Great hike!!!

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2 months ago

great little hike. light traffic and feel far from everything even though you actually aren’t too far!

The reason for the 4 stars is that, when you park (across the street from trail) there is no info to direct you across the street. So my hubby and I saw a trail at the lot and started walking. We finished in 30 mins with no views and very unstable and rocky unmaintained trails. We tried again thinking we should have went to the right instead of the left. Well, that didn’t work either and we were misplaced for about 30 minutes!! We Finally found our way out of the dark wet woods. Got back to the lot and saw some people walking down the street with a dog, so we followed them!! Well Well, there’s the trail!! We had almost given up!! I’m glad we didn’t. The view at the top was Spectacular!!! The trail starts off beautiful, then gets very narrow but still easy, all in all, it was was a great hike and I would def recommend it!!!

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2 months ago

Nice, quiet hike with well marked trails. Went up yellow and down blue which took 2.5 hours. Steep at the beginning and then levels off toward the top. The ledge before the summit was way better than the actual summit. Maybe saw 6 other people the entire time and was a beautiful fall day. Would highly recommend!

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2 months ago

More “moderate” than “easy” but is well marked and has great payoff.

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2 months ago

Easy to Moderate until you reach Precipice West, which is hard! Precipice West has a mad rock scramble up a backwoods (small) waterfall, some cliff edging, and some general forest hiking. If you are afraid of heights, or not prepared for a rock scramble (think bouldering), try another trail up Mt. Anna. Views are lovely from Precipice West. This was a nice combo hike - some rolling terrain, then a hard climb, a moderate descent, back to rolling terrain. As a note, park at the Boy Scout Camp by the Administration Building, and hike into the camp following the yellow blazes and signs to Sunset Waterfront. At the waterfront, you can pick up the trail by continuing to follow the red blazes.

on Mt. Rowe

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2 months ago

Family friendly hike with a good view of the Gunstock Resort and valley. We went up the yellow trail, which is very steep - avoid if you have young kids. We came down the Blue trail, which was very nice! Be sure to take a map as there are several trail options in various places, and some trails are unmarked. Tip: you can remove the red-blazed loop at the bottom of the hike by parking in the second parking lot (south) of the Gilford Elementary School - this red blazed trail section, while lovely, is not part of the BRT system.

3 months ago

quick & easy

nice views for such a short hike

Quick, easy hike with a fantastic payoff.

I’ve hiked mount major a thousand times but I’ve never hiked over to straightback mountain, I’m so glad I did, it has amazing views and such a nice summit to just sit and relax for a little while.

Definitely not “easy” more moderate than anything else. Great trail, well marked.

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3 months ago

Gorgeous views with a lovely breeze at the top. Took 3 kids 2 adults and a puppy a little over an hour to summit. Steep to start but a good moderate hike.

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4 months ago

Great, well marked trail but don’t let the rating fool you! Almost immediately, we went straight up and it did not relent until we reached the top! We followed red to the top. Coming down was also well marked and groomed. We followed orange down to the 2nd white junction and hung a left to head down white. White took us to a dirt road we took a left on that and we walked the road the rest of the way to our car! (The road was easy) I would say this aired on the side of moderate!

Excellent trail for kids and new hikers. About 20-30mins each way. Wear pants, there seems to be quite a bit of poison ivy along many of the narrow paths up the trail. Also the trail head is about 200ft up the road from the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. I included a photo of the trail head. Evelyn & Albert Morse Preserve is the actual trail head you want to use. Enjoy

There is nowhere designated to park for this trail; you just want to park on the side of the road where the paved road ends. The trail is very overgrown which can make it difficult to walk through. The “private way” sign is a bit deterring too, but there doesn’t seem to be any other indicator you can’t hike there. Both summits are overall unimpressive and there is only one okay viewpoint. Definitely not my favorite mountains nor my favorite hike in this area.

Great little hike with views of Lake Winnepausaukee along with Belnap and Ossipee ranges at the summit. Wider trail at the bottom leads to single track (some areas where brush is close on both sides) as you get up the trail. Well marked with yellow blazes.and easy to follow as the trail is well used.

Beautiful view, as many blueberries as I could ever eat, and a good leg workout! The hike up is steep and rocky, but doable. Going down is harder. Against others’ advice, I would not see Mt Anna/West Quarry/etc. they are not real summits so to speak, more like posts in the ground surrounded by trees that obscure every angle. Almost no traffic

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4 months ago

A lovely, peaceful, and overall easy hike. There are a few good views along the way to the summits, especially the view of Winnipesaukee, which is very comparable to that of Major minus the huge crowds

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4 months ago

well marked and varied terrain. beaver pond in the middle is a treat. it has very few views, but it does have one great view of the lake right before the first peak. went in late July and there were fields and fields of wild blueberries at and near the peaks! never very steep, but not a stroll in the park either. highly rec’d.

only saw three people on the wat up. on a friday. you can skip leg day at the gym after rhe hike too

4 months ago

typical Bellknap range hike, easy to moderate effort for great views.

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4 months ago

I love to do hikes alone but sometimes get a little nervous when it is not marked well. No problems with that on this trail, very well marked! Bring some empty containers in case you time it right with the wild blueberries. Still some small ones at the top but definitely at the end of their season.

4 months ago

Great weather. Good company. Trails good. Up boulder trail. Down blue trail. Blue trail could be better marked.

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