Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
13 hours ago

More “moderate” than “easy” but is well marked and has great payoff.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked the loop as shown, including the out-and-back on Brook Trail. A few hints: 1. The entrance to the orange trail is a short walk up the carriage road from the lower parking area (not at the lower parking area); 2. Don't bother with the out-and-back on the Brook Trail - there's no view to be had - instead do an out-and-back on Overlook Trail for a few extra miles and a view; 3. There's a great view of the Eastern Belknap Range about 10 yards from the intersection of the yellow (Boulder Trail) and white trails southeast of the Belknap summit - worth the short walk; 4. the white trail has some nice views but is a little rooty/rocky - still worth it; 5. Walking the carriage road back is ok, but hike over northern part of Piper if you don't want to deal with a few cars and/or a lot of pavement.

Overall a good hike! Views from the Belknap fire tower were great. Gunstock was, eh, ok. Would hike again.

What a Beautiful piece of property!!! I’m a beginner and some spots were a tiny bit challenging for me!! (I’m 60

Awesome trail! Took my 6 year old and she loved it!

nice views for such a short hike

Trails are well marked - it did not take long to complete the loop - we hiked the trail in late August, and would definitely consider going back in the winter to snowshoe. Easy trail - no real scenic areas

Great hike! I parked at the upper carriage parking lot which left a 2 mile loop (green trail up and blue down) to Belknap. There's a 1/2 mile spur to Gunstock off the blue trail. The trails are very well maintained and marked. Kudos to the Bratts! Definitely moderate, not difficult. A little foggy this morning, but there are wonderful views from both mountains.
Note the upper carriage road is dicey, but manageable in a mini-van if one is careful.
John P

Great hike! Took 3 kids (ages 3,5,7) and it wasn’t too bad. A little wet after the recent rain but drying out nicely. Beautiful lake views from the fire tower at the top.

Definitely not “easy” more moderate than anything else. Great trail, well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views with a lovely breeze at the top. Took 3 kids 2 adults and a puppy a little over an hour to summit. Steep to start but a good moderate hike.

We loved it! Lots of water coming down the mountain. Trails were well marked and only saw one other human the whole time. Too misty for any views, but we knew the weather before going up. Lots of blueberries!

hiking
1 month ago

Great, well marked trail but don’t let the rating fool you! Almost immediately, we went straight up and it did not relent until we reached the top! We followed red to the top. Coming down was also well marked and groomed. We followed orange down to the 2nd white junction and hung a left to head down white. White took us to a dirt road we took a left on that and we walked the road the rest of the way to our car! (The road was easy) I would say this aired on the side of moderate!

A lovely, peaceful, and overall easy hike. There are a few good views along the way to the summits, especially the view of Winnipesaukee, which is very comparable to that of Major minus the huge crowds

hiking
2 months ago

well marked and varied terrain. beaver pond in the middle is a treat. it has very few views, but it does have one great view of the lake right before the first peak. went in late July and there were fields and fields of wild blueberries at and near the peaks! never very steep, but not a stroll in the park either. highly rec’d.

2 months ago

typical Bellknap range hike, easy to moderate effort for great views.

hiking
2 months ago

I love to do hikes alone but sometimes get a little nervous when it is not marked well. No problems with that on this trail, very well marked! Bring some empty containers in case you time it right with the wild blueberries. Still some small ones at the top but definitely at the end of their season.

Very well marked trail, quick and easy hike. I hiked it with a pulled Achilles and it didn’t irritate my calf any further. We started b 8am with 70+ degree weather which was nice. LOTS of blueberries at the top!

Super easy trail and very well marked for the green trail, Great views from the top, you can see the chairlift at the top of Gunstock from the firetower. Very good trail for dogs!

hiking
2 months ago

360 views

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of blueberries!

was a great hike! nice Fire tower and cool cabins!

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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

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