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 Belknap Range Redlining - 10/16/15 
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 Belknap Range Redlining - 10/16/15


Some more redlining in the range, with a big loop over Belknap, Gunstock and Rowe, starting and ending at the ski area. Finding the actual start of the Round Pond Trail took me a little while despite the description in the southern NH guide and I ended up going inside the lodge to ask. Just before you drive into the parking lot are two garages on the left, with signs marking a Segway crossing just before them. That crossing is the start of the trail.

Some early showers as I started, making the ascent to Belknap wet. East Gilford Trail had some open ledges that were slick from the rain. Found the abandoned truck along the way, and there's a nice viewpoint there as well. Cold and windy atop the fire tower, but the skies cleared for a bit for some sun.

From the Belknap summit, I took the herd path to the plane crash site. The path is marked with some flagging at the start, but then is unmarked (but easy to follow) the rest of the way. Interesting to finally see this. The first time I tried to get there I couldn't actually get down the steep slope to the wreckage due to ice.

I met one of the BRATTs who was installing some rock steps near the Belknap/Gunstock col and thanked him for their hard work! Much appreciated!

From there it was an easy hike over to Gunstock. Views are ok there, but too much stuff on top for my tastes. Didn't stick around long.

I then followed the entire Ridge Trail over to Rowe. Views from the trail just before the summit, near the seismic station, provide a good vista over to the rest of the range. The walk down the access road from Rowe is pretty awful. :( It would be nice if the trail could be relocated off of this.

Foliage color was beautiful!

Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:11 pm
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