Belknap Crater Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Mount Washington Wilderness is an austerely beautiful place. The landscape is one of dark and forbidding lava punctuated by the contrasting green of whitebark pines and mountain hemlock and the red cinders of the various cones and peaks. Belknap Crater is one of the youngest volcanoes in the area and was largely responsible for the formidable lava flows in the area 1400 years ago.
The young shield volcano is a gently sloping broad peak, which retains its shape due to the lack of any recent glacial activity. A scramble up the northeast slope is short, and steep, and provides a good introduction for those less-experienced scramblers, including older children. The summit of Belknap Crater reveals a distinctive, steep-sided crater, which may be viewed from all angles if you so choose."