Hiking Belknap Mountain In Gilford NH – Trails, Map & Pictures

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Belknap Mountain is in the Belknap Range in Gilford, NH. It is neighbored, and often combined with Gunstock Mountain, and Piper Mountain. This hike features various routes to summit (explained below) and a fire tower with stunning views.

Distance: 3.86 Miles Round Trip (6.21 km)
Height: 2,382 Feet (626.0 meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,323 feet (293.5 meters)
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate
Duration (Hike Time): 2-3.5 hours

 

Belknap MountainTrails

Each of the options are from the parking lot at the bottom of Carriage Road. If you drive to the top of Carriage road (open in summer), you can subtract 1.24 miles and 651 feet of elevation gain from the hike.

 

Warden’s Trail / Green Trail (From Lower Carriage Road) – 1.93 Miles To Summit – 1,323 Feet Elevation Gain

This is a common and easy to follow route to the summit. It features gradual elevation gain and is the shortest mileage route to the summit.

Start by hiking along Carriage Road until you reach the end of the road. In the parking lot, you’ll find a trail map that shows you the different starting locations. Simply follow the green trail markings to the summit.

If parking at the top of carriage road: .7 miles to the summit with 672 feet elevation gain.

 

Red Trail (From Lower Carriage Road) – From End of Belknap Mountain Road – 2.12 Miles To Summit – 1,315 Feet Elevation Gain

Hikers start by hiking along Carriage Road to the end of the road. Once hitting the end of the road, you’ll see a parking lot.

In the parking lot, you’ll find a trail map that shows you the different starting locations. Simply follow the red trail markings to the summit. This trail features gradual gains the entire way to the summit and is well traveled and easy to follow.

If parking at the top of carriage road: .88 miles to the summit with 664 feet elevation gain.

 

Blue Trail (From Lower Carriage Road) – 2.29 Miles To Summit – 1,351 Feet Elevation Gain

Hikers start by hiking along Carriage Road to the end of the road. Once hitting the end of the road, you’ll see a parking lot.

In the parking lot, you’ll find a trail map that shows you the different starting locations. Simply follow the blue trail markings to the summit. This trail features gradual gains the entire way to the summit and is well traveled and easy to follow.

Hikers will reach a junction in which they can go left or right. At that junction, to the left is towards Gunstock Mountain, the right goes towards Belknap Mountain.

If parking at the top of carriage road: 1.05 miles to the summit with 700 feet elevation gain.

 

Trail Map

Download Full Map Here:

Belknap Range Trail Maps

 

Alternate Routes

Hikers may also choose to hike Belknap Mountain in a loop with Piper. Belknap, Gunstock, and Belknap combined are also a common way to summit. There are tons of trails for hikers to choose from, so you can make your own path as long as you understand your abilities and navigation. Take a look at the full Belknap Range trail map provided above as there are various parking areas and trails to get to the ridge where you can access many peaks.

 

Directions

To Lower Carriage Road Trailhead (Belknap Range Trails)

 

To Upper Carriage Road

 

 

Weather Forecast

Laconia, NH

This Afternoon
Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight
A slight chance of rain showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy. Low around 29, with temperatures rising to around 35 overnight. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday
A chance of rain showers before 7am, then rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night
A chance of rain before 8pm, then a chance of rain showers between 8pm and 10pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 10pm and 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Monday
Sunny, with a high near 36.

 

Additional Pictures

Belknap Mountain Summit Views

 

Belknap Mountain Firetower

 

Mount Piper From Mount Belknap

Mount Piper From Mount Belknap

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about

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