Belknap Fire Tower (Red/Green Loop) Trail

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Belknap Fire Tower (Red/Green Loop) Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gilford, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
728 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

Belknap Fire Tower offers a great view of the surrounding area. There is also a plane crash site just down the back side of the mountain from the fire tower. The crash is a little hard to get to, but very cool.

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10 days ago

13 days ago

We parked at the upper parking lot, and started there. It is about 1800 ft in elevation, and the peak is 2500 ft. We actually did the blue trail up, and the red down with our 7 year old daughter once again. It took us 2 hrs round trip with stops and and time at the peak, so it is a good afternoon hike. it is up all the way, but not super long from the parking lot

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15 days ago

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18 days ago

Took the green trail up- very steep and difficult for those who have issues with joints (knees and ankles). The views from the top - you must climb the fire tower to see them - were AMAZING! Definitely worth the trip! We took the Blue trail down, which was a little longer, but less steep (still had some steep sections).

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18 days ago

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1 month ago

Went up the red trail and down the green, was a nice medium-short length hike, but there are a lot of looping trails to choose from. The dirt road up to the parking lot was a bit steep and bumpy, may be difficult in smaller cars. The cabin of the fire tower was closed when I went on 8/3/17, but the view from the lower platform was great anyways.

hiking
1 month ago

A short hike from the upper carriage rd lot (which is a steep and mostly unpaved, rocky drive). I then went up the red trail and down the blue. Rather similar and mostly steep, but could easily get slippery after it's rained. It was a quick hike but definitely enjoyable and the view from the fire tower is lovely

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1 month ago

2 months ago

We parked at first parking area, walked up road, traveled up red and down white. Great hike! Beautiful views at top and on white trail.

2 months ago

Pretty nice view from the fire tower

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8 months ago

Nice easy family hike

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Check out: http://belknaprangetrails.org/belknap-range-trail-map/ for all details. So much work has been done on all the trails. They are most all in great condition and so much fun to hike. Yes, it says accessible till October, but you can walk up the auto road and hike Belknap all year, or access them via Piper or Gunstock. Snowshoe or with crampons. Fun.