Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Gilford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This place is great for a beginners. Easy yet steep enough for a challenge and a workout. I take my 14 year old Mini schnauzer up this trail. He maybe old, but there's no stopping him from running up this trail. (except me of course.) Great trail, the views rival Mt Major.

360 views

Lots of blueberries!

12 days ago

Fun quick trail- great for kids and beginners.

15 days ago

not a bad little trail

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful view of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are two different trail heads. If you start at Lakeview Trail (near the front of the parking lot) it's 0.5 miles to the lakeview. If you start at Quarry Trail (back of the parking lot), it's 1.3 miles until you get to the lakeview. It's one big loop so it doesn't really matter where you begin. Quarry Trail had tons of mosquitoes!

Great for family

Loved this trail. Amazing views and man made pond with rock stairs is beautiful!

1 month ago

Fun day hike for families.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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

2 months ago

Ho hum

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

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

snowshoeing
4 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
4 months ago

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

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.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Nice easy trail! Beautiful views!

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Fun hike with great views--very manageable on snowshoes

we did this in September and loved it. awesome trail that isn't too steep

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. Took blue trail up, yellow trail down. Yellow trail is a quick way down. Overall, a nice hike.

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
8 months ago

This was an easy trail. With nice views from both sides. Family friendly and would highly recommend to any beginner. Family friendly

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