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4 days ago

Fun day hike for families.

hiking
15 days ago

The Belknap Range trail is a good alternative if you're trying to get into the wilderness near Lake Winnipesaukee but away from the crowds drawn to Mount Major. I took the purple trail to the top of Straightback Mt. and then followed the blue trail back to the trailhead. The trail is very lightly trafficked, I took my time and did not see anyone over my 5 hour hike. Be sure to pack bug spray as the mosquitos are pretty vicious closer to the trailhead and the bottom of the waterfall. This hike is a loop but if you're willing to add on another couple miles you can see a great view by taking the red trail from Mt. Anna to the top of Mt. Mack.

hiking
15 days ago

What a great trail! It's very well marked (and the maps at the trailhead are accurate & detailed) - and the trail is well maintained.

Find little hike with the family and pet friendly

Great trail! Lovely creek, pretty vistas, well marked! But I would argue with the easy rating! Steep climbs both up and down.

Pretty good trail. Elevation gain is not to bad. Would be great for younger hikers. A few rewarding views of the lake area.

hiking
21 days ago

Very easy from Belknap Mt Rd parking. Nice views from top

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Challenging a bit for us 'old folks' but it's about the journey! Not a fan of the last part being a paved road (that hurt the most). Black flies were relentless but to be expected. A great day overall!

Great. I'd definitely do it again. nice hike.

Recent trail work is nice.

There was a “Private way” sign about 1/4 mile up the dirt road so we had to turn around.

nice hike

1 month ago

Ho hum

Great family hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The parking area is very small and at the end of a bumpy dirt road. Overall a good hike with varying elevations. Has some of the best views on the way up compared to Belknap’s other trails but also very steep in places. Definitely would not recommend this trail in the winter/early spring or after it’s been raining as it gets very slippery. Definitely want to do this one again in the summer.

love this place just got back out here been hidding all winter hoping to do the whole trail sat great place greatviews and well cared for

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike, trails and summits well marked with blazes and cairns. There is still snow on most of the trail. Traction is not necessary but definitely makes the hike easier. I drive an old sedan and had no issue with making it to the trailhead parking.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail....couple of good views....good one for younger kids.

Great trails, well marked.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great hike if you are looking for easy one with great views.

Another great day. Worth the hike to the Panorama Pub.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Very well marked (blue). Panoramic views.

Parked at Boyd Hill Road entrance as the other parking lot was closed although the trail there was open. Very well marked. First 1/2 mile or so was pretty icy from packed snow. Intermittent ice from there on. Lots of mountain bike trails in the woods. A lot of big pines on the N side of the hill were recently toppled and have been sawed up. Nice easy walk except for the ice here and there, spikes were very handy. Very nice view to the N from the lookout point overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.

WARNING be careful of where you park for this trail! I got to Wood Rd in Gilford and saw the signs for the parking area, but the road was an icy rocky mess and I decided not to risk it. So I parked along the side of the dirt road, there was one house at the end of the road that looked like it was under construction/not occupied. Man was I wrong. As I was driving away from where I parked I almost got RUN OFF THE ROAD by an angry man in a white truck. He informed me that he had taken pictures of my car/plates and send them to the Gilford and State Police, because no one is allowed to park there, clearly it is only HIS road. He yelled at me for a couple minutes not caring that I was only there to hike, VERY angry. A less than ideal end to a pleasant day.

Other than that the summits were nothing special, not a view at either peak. There were a few good viewing areas along the trails. Round Pond is a beautiful area to stop at as well. The trails were very icy on the way up and very muddy on the way back, I mean that is to be expected on a 70 degree day in February, but pretty dicey in some areas all and all. Not a difficult climb, good for beginners.

Lots of fun on this sunny February day! Super icy, you'll definitely need micro-spikes because some parts of the trail were glare ice. Everything was melting and some parts of the trail were like rivers. A great day hike!

I would not rate this as difficult. Even in icy conditions this was not at at difficult. The top third on the way up to Gunstock was pretty icy but manageable.

Bring a map because this is not one single trail but a series of connected trails. We actually didn't complete the "loop". We mistakenly came down the belknap fire tower trail making our own loop.

Hiked this with my ten year old who faired well.

Great winter hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Forget the loop aspect. If you start from the more southern trail (I believe it was the red trail maybe brown. Who knows I'm colorblind) the way up will be a traditional trail I would rate at moderate in Winter conditions. Micro spikes or crampons will be necessary. The second half of the loop back follows the white and orange trails. Problem is the last mile back is a road. I'm not a fan of hiking roads.

Either way the peak had good for the elevation views but they are not 360 degrees. Lots of area on the peak to hang out.

I hiked this with my 10 year old who faired well even in snow and ice. Not sure if I would come back in the summer.

hiking
4 months ago

Was planning to do Belknap going up the white trail but it was closed down. Too dangerous in the winter I’m sure. Kept going up to Piper instead and went down red to make it a loop. Even with spikes the red trail can get very slippery near the summit. Otherwise a gorgeous day and a great hike!

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