Belknap Gunstock Loop Trail

HARD 20 reviews

Belknap Gunstock Loop Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gilford, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

snow

hiking
21 hours ago

Nice, moderate difficulty trail with varied terrain good views. Terrific wildflowers, including many trillium and white lady slippers.

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8 days ago

An enjoyable loop with well maintained trails and some nice stonework along the way. I hiked up and down the carriage road, but next time I will expand the loop by hiking up Piper Mountain (trailhead shortly after lower lot gate), over to Belknap, then to Gunstock and down. This is a moderate-hard loop since you get some breaks from steep inclines and there are quite a few staircases. Although the parking lots were packed on a Saturday, I only saw/heard a handful of people. There are enough trails in the network to disperse the use.

12 days ago

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7 months ago

This was an amazing hike but getting to the top and seeing it so commercialized took away from it's natural beauty.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We chose not to do the entire 6 mile loop. We did the Belknap fire tower at a different time. We started out on the Ridge Trail (white) it was straight up hill on an off road, All gravel until you see the tower. Then the actual trail starts and its awesome. The hike itself is very easy and the views are amazing. We took the yellow trail down. There were great streams toward the end. Highly recommend.

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

This was a great trail with beautiful views of Winnipesaukee!

We extended our hike by starting up Piper Mountain Trail (red blazes from bottom of Carriage Rd). The view from Piper was well worth the extra hiking and the stone chairs were pretty cool to see. From there we hiked orange and white blazes to Belknap Fire Tower where the attendant had spotted a fire off in the distance. It was cool to listen to the activity from the lower deck of the tower while taking in the 360 views. Snow-capped Mount Washington was visible. From there we hiked blue blazes to the Saddle Trail up Gunstock and back down orange to where we had parked. We only saw one other person on all of Gunstock. On our way home we drove past Mount Major where there were literally hundreds of cars parked along the highway. We were grateful that we chose the lesser-traveled Belknap Ridge for our hike because the views were just as good and much more peaceful. There is great variety between the three peaks with various views, making for a great hike!

A comprehensive map of the trails can be downloaded here:
http://belknaprangetrails.org/belknap-range-trail-map/
The map is georeferenced so you can open it in an app on your phone and see what trail you are on when you're hiking. Thank you to the makers of this fantastic map!

Note: I'd rate this trail as moderate rather than hard. Kids and first-time hikers were making their way up Piper and Belknap without too much trouble.

Note: The gate was closed all day on 4/30 even though a sign says it will be opened at 9am. You couldn't reach the parking further up the road for the Red, Green and Blue blazed trails up Belknap although you could reach them by walking up the Carriage Road to the trailheads.

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