Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Gunstock Mountain, Belknap Mountain, NH
Trails: Gunstock Mountain Trail, Brook Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, White Trail, Carriage Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small lot just before the gate on Carriage Road in Gilford (which was closed) can fit only a few cars. Don't block the gate. Most of us parked on the side of the road - there was just enough room before the No Parking sign to fit all of our cars.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. We found the trail difficult to follow breaking trail when following the trail around the cell tower after the Belknap Mountain Firetower...could use a few more blazes.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple. They should be fine as long as they don't mind post holing.  
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing.  
Comments: Fun loop hike over Gunstock and Belknap, and North Piper. Trails were a choppy, sloppy, post hole mess. We wore snowshoes from start to finish and were still sinking. Please wear snowshoes on these trails the next few weeks as temperatures rise and snow softens.

Views from the top of the ski area were beautiful. The descent between Gunstock and Belknap was straightforward with fewer post holes. Temperatures were in the mid 40’s and breezy on the summits.

The descent of Belknap on White Trail required us to break trail in about 2 feet of heavy snow. Views from the lookout points on that trail were excellent.

We had a good time with the guys who joined us today.  
Name: RollingRock 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-19 
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