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Bald Knob Cut-Off Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moultonborough, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,154 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

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Note: Castle of the Clouds is closed due to COVID-19 measures. Please check with the park page for more information. Begin at Shannon Brook Trailhead. Follow red diamonds blazed for Shannon Brook .7 miles until you see a sign for Bald Knob Cutoff. Bald Knob cut off is 1 mile and intersects the Bald Knob trail about .3 miles below the summit. The first half of the cut off is a a steady incline that is very well marked. Pay attention the trail has many small turns. Once you reach your first view of the lake it will mostly level out until the intersection with the main trail. Less than a quarter mile before the intersection there is a way point with a sign for hexagonal shaped rocks formed from volcanic activity. Behind the sign there is a small rock outcropping with these rocks. You will also see them on the ground on trail near the waypoint. These same rock formations are found at Devils Postpile in California.

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Lily Gilbert
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Halfway up there is a view that is pretty good, but if you make it all the way to the top it is worth it! Awesome view from the top. Trail is uphill a majority of the way and very well marked. Good view of Winnipesaukee, including Black Cat Island.

Julio Gonzalez
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Hiking

Nice trail with a rewarding view at the top of Bald Knob. The cutoff trail is steep.

Carl Benkley
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Hiking

This is a great hike with a fairly easy climb to Bald Knob. The Knob is a wide open rock with a spectacular view of Lake Winnepesaukee and surrounding mountains. You could continue to the actual top of Bald Knob mountain, but we did not because the top looked to be heavily forested and viewless. Make sure you visit Song of Falls on the way down by taking Shannon Brook Trail to Brook Walk Trail. The falls were spectacular on June 18, even during the middle of a dry spell. We returned to the main road by following Pamela’s Terrace to the gate for Castle in the Clouds. There is a sign that says that even pedestrians cannot walk against traffic along this one-way road, but Castle of the Clouds was closed due to the Coronavirus, so it didn’t matter.

Jocelyn Lipinski
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We did this a few weeks ago on 4/25/20. Started out on Shannon Brook Trail which is a steady incline but not bad just mostly rocky. Bald Knob cut off is a sharp right off this trail and pretty steep in some sections. Overall not a terribly long hike to the top though. The reward is very well worth it. We decided to descend down Bald Knob Trail to Turtelback then back to Shannon Brook. We checked out the pond for a bit. Then took the very steep but short trail maybe .1 mile to the 40ft falls. i cant recall the name of it but it was very steep but so worth it. We then headed back down Shannon Trail back to the trailhead. All in all a great hike and would go back.

Chris Kozlowski
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Hiking

Did a 3-hour loop up to the Castle along Brook Trail. Gorgeous hike and beautiful photo spots!

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Kettric Midura
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Hiking

Easily 80 snowmobilers on the initial trail leading into the hiking only trails. lots of blind corners, lots of jumping off of trail to avoid being an obstacle. If there is snow on the ground, I will probably avoid this one in the future.

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Lex Bundschuh
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Hiking

Finished Castle in the Clouds- red lined. Linda, Vee, Pat, Pete

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Laura Adams
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HikingBugsRocky

lots of rocks and roots and very bugs! beautiful at the top, well worth it!

Rahna B.
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Faith Boucher
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Brent H
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Emily Sullivan
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Hiking

Last minute decision to take this route and definitely had no regrets. The lookout is really great. We tried to take the route up to the summit, but the trail isn't blazed or well traveled so we turned back.

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Janice Schlegel
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HikingBugs

This trail has some steep parts, but worth the view from the summit of Bald Knob. After the bald cutoff, continue on to summit Bald knob... it was a bit hazy this day, but nice views of the lakes none the less. Do visit the waterfall on the way out which you can access from Shannon’s brook trail... look for a small narrow trail on the right to duck in and cross a small bridge to continue to falls. Gorgeous!

Cathie Bucci
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

This trail has a nice variety of surfaces. First section is wide and a fairly gradual incline, second is steeper and more rocky but not scrambling, third is wide and gravelly and almost level. In the middle section there were some muddy areas, but thunderstorms had gone through last night so not surprising. Buggy in the shade. There is a very good-sized parking lot across the road from the trail head, parking is free, there are no bathrooms. Took us 3 hrs up and down with a brief 10 minute stop at the 2nd viewpoint. I’ll be keeping this on my favorites list to do again.

Justina Waller
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Lisa P.
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Hiking

Great! Very well marked, beautiful views

Anna Wright
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Hiking

Much better than the Bald Knob trail. You get a couple of good view points and the last part of the trail is nothing but views. Beware of the black flies in spring though; there is a lot of water near the trail so there are a lot of flies.

Megan Walsh
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HikingMuddy

Easy to moderate trail for the views. No need for micro spikes, although there are some icy sections on the snowmobile/hiking path before the Bald Hill trail cutoff. We were the only ones on the trail. This is our 3rd time on this trail, so I would recommend it.

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NH Offroads
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Hiking

Shannon Brook Trail is an icy snowmobile trail at this time. We used microspikes the entire hike and did ok. The trail is nicely marked. May be the best marked trail I have hiked in a long time.

Matt Christiansen
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Hiking

Nothing not to like! Took a chance on this hike as something new as we’ve been to Rattlesnake Mountain and Mt Major also in this lakes region. A very well blazed trail with detailed signage at all intersections. Today the trail was mostly iced over with slick clear ice and hard packed snow in places. Exposed rock or frozen soil where ice was not. Microspikes required I imagine for the rest of the season. Would be a moderate snowshoe hike this winter also. Nice views and clear skies.

Kenneth Reed
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Wonderful “bang for your buck” hike! On the easy side of moderate, well marked, and expansive views towards Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding mountains. Shannon Brook and waterfalls are close by and add nice variety to this hike! A definite “must do” hike!

Julie H
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Hiking

All around great trail. Moderately difficult out and back but great vista point half way up and the summit has stunning sprawling views over the lake. Very well marked. There are plenty of options to connect to turtleback mountain if you are looking to pack on more mileage. I opted to explore the brook walk at the end of my hike which had SO many lovely waterfalls and wasn’t very strenuous.

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