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Belknap County New Hampshire Hiking Trails

East Gilford Trail


To reach this trail - perhaps the most attractive on the range - turn right off New Hampshire Route 11A on Bickford Road, 1.7 miles south of the gunstock Recreation Area road. Turn left onto Wood Road and park near the junction. The trail (sign) follows a cart track at the left of the house at the end of the road, circles around to the right, and bears right at a fork.

Halfway up, near a brook on the right, the trail turns sharply left and climbs more steeply to the first outlook over Lake Winnipesaukee. It then continues at a moderate grade, mostly on ledges, and joins the Piper Trail. The two trails coincide for the final 0.2 miles to the Belknap Mountain summit.


To reach Belknap Carriage Road, which provides access to all the trails on the west side of the Belknap Range, leave New Hampshire Route 11A at Gilford Village and follow Belknap Mountain Road south, bearing left at 0.8 miles and right at 1.4 miles. At 2.4 miles, the Belknap Carriage Road forks left and leads to a parking area.

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