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.

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

17 days ago

Ho hum

hiking
21 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

snowshoeing
2 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
2 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
3 months ago

Nice easy trail! Beautiful views!

snowshoeing
4 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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!!

Beautiful moderate hike. Be prepared for stones and branches to work around but definitely manageable. Gorgeous in Fall.

hiking
6 months ago

Take the parking lot to the right of the school, instead of the one by the playground. Took yellow trail up and blue trail down. Summit does not have a view, but ledge just before the summit does. Nice 180 with view of Lake Winnipessaukee, Gunstock Mtn Resort, and the peaks of Belknap and Gunstock.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail with a great view. I completed it with a broken arm (cast up to my shoulder). Great for beginners and families with small children.

Nice trail. Great view!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful view at the top. Took the blue trail (watch for lots of turns). Headed up around 10am and made it back to the lot at 1pm. We stopped for pics along the way and had lunch at the summit (15 min +/-). Trail was well marked. Nice to have a well maintained port-a-pottie at the trailhead. Didn't expect one of those.

trail running
7 months 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
7 months ago

Fantastic view for a quick and easy hike. I'd rate this as easy not moderate.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice little hike for whole family great view of the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty good hike, if you have a dog don't go down the blue trail from the top just double back on the yellow. Way to steep and rocky. Had to carry my 100lb doberman down a few spots which was very sketchy.

hiking
7 months ago

Worth a hike. Steep in some areas.
But the view is worth it.
Yellow trail clearly marked all the way up.
Very quiet didn't see anyone on trail only at the fire tower

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.

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