Mount Rowe (1,680ft)
Gunstock Mountain (2,240ft)
Belknap Mountain (2,382ft)
Total Elevation Gain: 1,349ft
Trails: Ridge (White) Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail,
Brook (Yellow ) Trail
Distance: 4.5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.0 hours (includes stops at all summits)
I bagged 3 more summits in the Belknap Range! I had put
off peakbagging for 3 months to be able to take some AMC Rock Climbing courses.
Today I wanted a hike that was an easy up and back down as I have more rock
climbing the next day and didn’t want to
tire myself out with an 11-miler. I was expecting the Gunstock Mountain Resort
to be empty, but I was wrong. There were folks walking around, swimming in the
lake, and lots of folks on the Zip line. There were also folks taking the ski
lift up to the summit of Gunstock and hiking down the Ridge (White) Trail.
That road up to Mt. Rowe was tough in the heat, it was
hot with hardly any shade whatsoever! Now I know why I love winter hiking so
didn’t spend any time at the summit…..just enough time to snap a few photos and then I
headed out along the ridge toward Gunstock Mountain.
At the trailhead (2)
Along the Ridge Trail
Cell Tower at the Mt. Rowe summit
portion of the Ridge trail, just before the Yellow Trail junction,
favorite! I loved the open ridge and the views from it.
That last portion of the Ridge trail (along the ski
trail) to the Gunstock summit was steep.
Lots of loose gravel and soil made
some spots slippery. At the summit I spent 20 minutes taking photos from the
deck of the Panorama Pub and talking with the attendant of the Zip Tour.
the Blue trail to the Belknap summit I met Bill of BRATTS
(Belknap Range Trail
Tenders) who was raking the trail from the summit.
At the Belknap summit a couple just left the tower so I had the
summit all to myself and spent another 20 minutes photographing,
and enjoying the 360 views and my PB&J sandwich in peace!
Views from the Belknap Mountain fire tower (3)
On the way down, the Brook (yellow) trail crosses ski
trails several times. I watched
as more folks came down the zipline above me
hooting and hollering. I didn’t see any
black flies, but the mosquitoes were
bad. I was able to hike the remainder in peace
with my head net protection. As
I got to my truck, it started raining pretty hard.
But it lasted only few
minutes and the cool showers were a welcomed relief.