Belknap Mountain - Red Trail

Gilford, New Hampshire 3249

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain686ft
Trailhead Elevation1,699ft
Top2,385ft
Elevation Min/Max1699/2385ft
Elevation Start/End1699/1699ft

Belknap Mountain - Red Trail

Belknap Mountain - Red Trail is a hiking trail in Gilford, New Hampshire. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,699 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 686 feet. The trail ends near Belknap Mountain (elevation 2,382 feet). This trail connects with the following: Belknap Mountain - Blue/Saddle/Brook Trails.

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Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A modest hike to a historic fire tower that remains in active service and an outstanding 360-degree view. Located in Belknap Mountain State Forest, Belknap Mountain is the highest mountain on the west side of Lake Winnipesaukee, though, at 2,382 feet, it’s really not very tall. The summit is wooded, but the fire tower lifts you above the trees to a fantastic view of the lake below and most of central New Hampshire beyond. Belknap Mountain was named for Jeremy Belknap, a local preacher, author, and historian who wrote one of the earliest books on New Hampshire in the late 1700s. There are several routes to the summit. The Green Trail is the shortest and most direct, but it follows an old service road to the tower with power lines along it and slick rocks underfoot." Read more

Belknap Mountain - Red Trail Reviews

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5/24/2018
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10/31/2010
After finding the trail head for the Red, Blue and Green trails, I ascended the Green. As others mentioned there is not much view at the top unless you climb the fire tower. If you do so, the view is breathtaking. Yes, there is a hand water well at the top which you have to prime to get it to work. A priming bottle is there. The return on the red trail was similar to the green trail. Very steep and not much to look at. The green trail ascends alongside the power lines. The next time I do this trip I will try the white trail. I tried uploading my red trail GPX file from my Garmin and the software said that my trail was not within 5 miles of the trail. I have never had trouble uploading in the past and my red trail gpx file looks great on my GPS and my Basecamp software. I don't know it's issue.
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7/24/2010
Did this hike with my 12 year old son and his friend. We all had a great time, and the views were great. We went up the red trail, and returned on the white trail. The red trail took about 25 min to get to the top. The fire tower at the top was great to climb and see the views. There is also fresh water at the top from a hand pumped well, with nice and cold water. The road to the hike, Belknap Mtn road, was dirt, and a bit rutty for the last few miles, with switch backs. However going slow it was fine. I let the boys mountain bike down this part following the hike, while I followed in the truck. They had a blast. I would recommend the white trail for a family hike, as it is less steep, but a bit longer. The views are better as well.
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6/1/2009
Great trail near the Lake. Pay attention to the trail markers as you start the trail. We ended up heading up a very steep, very rocky trail, off the main trail but still had a good time.
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8/21/2008
The views from the fire tower are amazing. Its worth every step.
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7/5/2004
This was a nice hike for a beginner. However, I wish I had known of the white trail that ascends and descends the same mountain and starts at just about the same spot. After ascending the red trail and reaching the top, I was told by at least 4 other people about the white trail (which has an awesome view). It is far superior in the views that you get of the surrounding mountains as the red has none. I wish that Larry Pletcher had also included the white trail and the duration of hikes too. It's always good to know. Beautiful for beginners and satisfying for moderate hikers as well. Please note that you will not get a 360 view of surrounding mountains unless you climb the fire tower at the top or any view at all while at the top unless you brave the tower. If you are afraid of heights this may not be an ideal hike. If you do climb the tower you will not be disappointed as it is an awesome view.
To get to the white trail, just park at the parking area some ways up the mountain off the carriage road. Instead of going towards the brown garage at the start of the red, green and blue trails, walk out to the parking area and go down to the right. The trail is on your left very shortly thereafter. The gates close at 6pm and the white trail will take a couple hours at most so plan time accordingly. I give the white trail 5 stars and I would give the red 3.
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Trail Information

Gilford
Nearby City
Moderate
Skill Level
Division of Forests and Lands
Local Contacts
USGS West Alton Quad
Local Maps

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Dec 2018