As one of my long weekend runs, and in order to do the Belknap Range Hiker badge, I planned on doing a loop of the entire Belknap Range. Short-sightedly, I only brought 1 liter of water at the start. I had a filter and 2 liters of capacity, but I thought I could pull off 1 liter until I hit Round Pond. I was wrong. It was warm and humid and the climb back up Piper from Whiteface had the midday sun on my back. I got to Round Pond dehydrated and completely drained. After drinking as much water as I could and napping by the pond’s edge, I bailed on my plans and headed back to my car.
Parked at Gunstock Mountain Resort off Panorama Drive in Gilford, NH
Ran up Single Chair Ski Path to Mount Rowe
Left on Ridge Trail to summit of Gunstock Mountain
Left on Brook Trail to intersection with Saddle Trail
Right on Saddle Trail to intersection with Blue Trail
Straight on Blue Trail to summit of Belknap Mountain
Left on White Trail to intersection with Old Piper Trail
Right on Old Piper Trail to summit of Piper Mountain and on to intersection with Piper-Whiteface Link
Right on Piper-Whiteface Link to intersection with Whiteface Trail
Left on Whiteface Trail to summit of Whiteface Mountain and back to summit of Piper Mountain and to intersection with Round Pond / Piper Link
Right on Round Pond / Piper Link to intersection with Round Pond Trail
Right on Round Pond Trail to Round Pond and back to intersection
Right on Round Pond Trail to Maple Ski Path
Left on Maple Ski Trail back to parking lot
Date: 09 August 2020 Distance: 14.2 miles Moving Time: 05:01:49 Pace: 21:11/mile Elevation Gain: 3499′
In early 2017 my friend Michael and hike snowshoed a loop of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconaway. I was grabbing them for my Grid and Winter New Hampshire 4000 Footers lists, and he was getting them for his New Hampshire 4000 Footers list.
Parked at Ferncroft Parking of Ferncroft Road
Walked down Ferncroft Road to Blueberry Ledge Trail
Snowshoed up Blueberry Ledge Trail to intersection with Rollins Trail
Continued up Rollins Trail to Mount Whiteface summit and along the ridge to Dicey’s Mill Trail
Turned left at Dicey’s Mill Trail and hiked up to Passaconaway summit and to Walden Trail
Turned right on Walden Trail and down to Wonalancet Ridge Trail
Turned right on Wonalancet Ridge Trail to Hibbard Mountain and Mount Wonalancet, and then down to Old Mast Road
Turned right on Old Mast Road and returned to Ferncroft parking
Date Hiked: 04 February 2017 Elevation Gain: 4500′ Distance: 11.0 miles Book Time: 7:45
When I purchased my commuter bike this year, one of the reasons I chose a touring bike over a cross bike was so I could do some bike camping. As September rolled around I took a week off from work to do some hiking which was the perfect opportunity to try out a bike and hike. I had been eyeing the 4000 Footers in the Sandwich Range and knew I wanted to complete them as traverse.
After some bike route and trail planning, I put together what I thought would be a great bike and hike. I would bike from Gorham, ME to the Kancamagus, drop my bike off at the Oliverian Brook trailhead, walk along the Kancamagus to the Sabbaday Brook Trail, spend three days hiking along the Sandwhich Range, and then bike back to Gorham.