Belknap Mountain is one of the many classic family hiking destinations in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The mountain offers an abundance of hiking trail that are all moderate in nature and great for those just breaking into hiking. On summit of Belknap Mountain lies a fire tower that is still in use today by the forest service. Commanding views can be seen from this summit tower.
There are four ways to the summit of Belknap Mountain. The most direct route, the Green Trail is steepest of the group. The trail itself is a class 1 trail but is rocky in places. The rocks on the trail are very slippery when wet though. There is a sign stating not to decend on the trail but the only caution I would say about this trail is the fact the rocks on this trail are unusually slippery.
The other three trails are different from the Green Trail. The Red trail veries not so much in steepness but in the fact that there the trail has fewer slippery rock areas. The White Trail is more scenic route to the summit with views of to the south. It also serves as the link to the Piper Mountain trail and Piper Mountain. The Blue Trail has two north views of the northern summits. The Blue Trail also serves as a link to the summit of Gunstock Mountain on the Saddle Trail. All of these trails are generally short (0.9 to 1.2 miles), class 1 and at a moderate pitch
VIA THE CARRIAGE ROAD: From the I-93 exit in Tilton (exit 20) take route 3 east toward Laconia. Make a right on Route 11 bypass rough six miles east of I-93. Get on to 11A heading towards Gilford. Make a right on Belknap Mountain Road. Head through the town center of Gilford and head for almost 3 miles. Make a left at the old sign pointing to Belknap Mountain. Head up the road all the way to the trailhead which is at the end of the road.
There is no camping allowed at the summit the gates close at exactly 6 pm. The gate is closed in winter.
Spring through fall are usually the most popular time to climb this mountain. In winter you will be adding about 1.1 miles and about 700 feet elevation gain to the trip due the gate being closed
There no camping on the summit however there of plenty of campgrounds nearby Belknap mountain. Keep in mind that from the carriage road trailhead to the summit only takes 25-45 minutes making little reason for camping.
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