Belknap Gunstock Loop Trail

HARD 36 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
6 days ago

Probably one of my favorite loops so far. Definitely not hard; should be rated moderate. Hiked counter clockwise. Since part of the trail is along the paved carriage road, I decided to hike up on pavement which is easier on knees than down.
Took me 1 hr 45 to get from carriage rd parking to Gunstock summit and 45 min to descend via orange trail. Didn’t take the winter cutoff (in November) because there was no snow, but the leaves were very slippery. Slipped and fell twice. Oops.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail is great!! I'm a somewhat new hiker and found this trail to be good for me. Not too easy, and not hard. Awesome trail!!

hiking
20 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

Steep trails with a few decent views close to the lake. Cars were piled up at Mt. Major, but only saw a handful of people at this lot. Everybody that I saw was within shouting distance from the parking area as well. 95% of my run here was totally solitary.

hiking
2 months ago

The Belknap Mountains are great and some of the easiest trails to follow. I went up to Gunstock (orange trail), which is short but constantly steep. Then you follow (I believe) yellow then white to reach the blue trail that leads up to Belknap. You can go up the tower, where the view is really stunning—but it gets chilly up there, even in the summer.

Hiking down white will bring you out near the upper Carriage Rd parking lot, but I don't like hiking down Carriage Rd so where the trail splits I kept left and went up to Piper (another orange trail), then down the red trail back to the lower Carriage Rd parking area. It was in total about 4.5 miles and well worth the extra steps to loop around the three mountains.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this loop, great views, plenty of terrain variance. A few steep sections, hard for small kids or folks with bad knees. And at the Gunstock section the trail comes out at the chair lift. I will do it again with one of my daughters soon.

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Decent Hike. Pretty steep near the top third. Nice to see the views from the back side of the mountain though! Not your normal view when you take the chairlift up. Definitely bring bug spray as there are TONS flies this time of year.

hiking
4 months ago

Overall a pretty steep hike. Great views with a stopping spot to check out the vista before you reach the top! TONS of black flies throughout the entire hike so be sure to pack bug spray!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a Hard lvl hike but very doable. If you are injured, elderly or have children under 8 yld than I would suggest a different hike. The trails are very well marked and easy to follow. The terrain is rocky and the black flys are relentless. Bring bug spray! The loop is about 6 miles there are some outlooks along the way so keep an eye out for the signs. Gunstock summit has a great view of the lake. The belknap doesn't have much to look at except a fire tower which will let you see above the trees however that's it, the trees are too thick in the summer to see anything. There are a few nice lookouts on the white trail on the decent. Good trail would recommend.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This hike has everything you want in a hike. Steep challenging hike up Gunstock Mountain Trail including a stopping point on the way with a fantastic view. Once at the summit of Gunstock the view is even better overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and a view of Mount Washington in the distance. On saddle brook trail pleases with great views, easy to moderate hiking and a fire tower! Saddle brook trail leads to white trail and the Summit of Belknap Mountain. Pleasing beauty there. The easy descent down white trail continues with pretty views and vegetation. It's a fantastic 6 mile loop.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months 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.

6 months ago