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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

Tonight
A slight chance of rain showers after 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday
Rain before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain showers between 2pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy. High near 46, with temperatures falling to around 40 in the afternoon. Southwest wind 5 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 10 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 53.

Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

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 hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, 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. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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