Mount Shannon Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Mount Shannon Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gilmanton, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Mt. Shannon, located south of the bulk of the Belknap Range, features views in multiple directions from near its summit.

hiking
6 days ago

A friend and I drove almost an hour and a half to hike Mt. Shannon (which we specifically chose because we thought it was over 3 miles-according to this app). You can park at the Boy Scout Administration office (go down the very long dirt road stay to the right when you come to a Y in the road loop around the Big building on your left. you'll go down a little hill take a right and you'll see the administration office) and we had to check in because camp was in service (felt a little awkward being the only 2 females at an all boys boy scout camp lol). The worker messed up the trails. So we took what we assumed was the longer yet less steep side first which defiently was the shorter. The entire loop was only 1.92 so Idk where the 3.x came into play?

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Thank you to those reviewers who explained exactly how to get to the trailhead; it would've been very difficult to find otherwise. As others said, very steep in the beginning, but not too bad the second half. Short hike with beautiful views! Follow the yellow trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Can someone help I saw another post saying to park at the Boy Scout admin building. And I am will I be towed? And also if I'm facing the lake which way do I then head ?

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

I hike this trail 4 or 5 times a year. Great views for such a short hike, it's nice in the winter too if there isn't much snow.

hiking
3 months ago

8 months ago

Great hike. Met some great Scouts at the top. Did find that tells to red to blue combination brings you over the top, down to the lake, a nice level walk through dark woods, then back up over the top to get back to parking. Definitely will be going again.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The trail head was hard to find and it was pretty steep at first but overall was great
Got a little turned around coming down where yellow turns go blue then red
Over all not bad but just be aware the trail colors change.

9 months ago

11 months ago

Amazing to hike!!

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

trailhead was extremely hard to find if you weren't familiar to the area. You have to park at boy scouts admin building then walk along lake eileen for .3 miles and then you'll find the "mt shannon" trailhead on a small wooden sign after a big triangular structure on your right. The hike was fairly short, decent steep for first half. The view from the top was nice in the fact it was very secluded and no one was around. Great alternative to Mt. Major. If you're looking for an easy hike that won't take up much of your day I'd recommend this up up the yellow trail.