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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Rowe, Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, Piper Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Rowe Trail, Yellow Trail, Ridge Trail, Brook Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Old Piper Trail, Piper-Whiteface Link, Whiteface Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 18, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We were the only car all day at the end of the paved section for Belknap Mountain Road. School is still in session so we grabbed one of the free parking spots at Gilford Elementary School, but I would have a backup in case there is no parking left. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I think there was two step over streams. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Boomer did great on this trip. I will write a warning as the evidence would indicate he contracted it during the hike, but here is the story: Saturday morning Boomer had bad diarrhea (and just had to get meds to help fight it three days later). Nothing was found in his stool and he did not do anything different on the hike. He drinks out of streams during all hikes but maybe this time there was something that is messing with his system. He is up-to-date on his vaccinations too. 
Bugs
Bugs: When the wind died, the black flies became incredibly annoying. This basically ruined Piper and Whiteface. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a sweatshirt on the ground near the Whiteface summit. 
 
Comments
Comments: Great to finally finish the Belknap Range. These are a great hike to get some exercise in as you wait for the snow to melt up in the Whites.

The north peak of Piper Mountain is a true standout especially with its rock chair.  
Name
Name: BobTheLoveGoat 
E-Mail
E-Mail: BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-22 
Link
Link: http://lovegoatfilms.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-double-d-on-peaks-challenge.html 
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