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Another hike and another couple of mountains checked off our Belknap Range list! The parking for this hike was at the end of a dirt road. We parked and hiked a bit down what looked to be a service road. Yes, we were going down hill. Found an old metal sign along the way. It leveled out near a pond/swampy area that some beavers had overtaken and the water was flooded across the trail with no way to get across without taking off your shoes and wading through the water. Once on the other side the trail came to a T and the choice was left or right. To the right was the taller and steeper Straightback Mounting. Left was…

This post is actually going to be a two part series. The smallest mountain in the Belknap range we didn't make it to the top on our first attempt. A severe storm (high winds and lightning) was coming down upon us and we were trying to make it up and back before the storm hit. We reached the trail split for Piper and Whiteface and decided that the winds were picking up too fast and the radar looked like we were not going to make it and made the decision to turn around there. Whiteface Mountain's peak is only 1,664 feet and is the smallest of the peaks in the Belknap Range. The trail head is just down a dirt…

This weekend we were able to check two mountain tops off of our Belknap Range list:  Mount Mack and Mount Klem. We were able to do so by following 6.8 mile loop (I believe the maps say 6.5, but we clocked it in exactly at 6.8 due to some breaks and going around the water - which you'll read about soon enough) that brought us out to an elevated mountain pond called Round Pond, climbed up Mount Mack, went over a col that brought us straight up Mount Klem to then returned us back to Round Pond again for a full circle. It was roughly 1.5 miles and a 50 minute hike along a gravel road for most of the…

Climbed Mountain number three on my Belknap Range Hiking Series, this time it was Gunstock Mountain. My wife and I traversed up the brook trail.  Once we found it, the trail was easy to follow but finding the "trail head" was slightly more of a challenge than we thought it should be. Thankfully the description on our trail map said it was to the left of the Panorama chair lift.  Which it was.  It was the other descriptor that made it more difficult:  Right next to the fire place. Fireplace?  I never saw a fireplace. But sure enough as we found the opening of the trail, just to the left of the trail head, buried behind tons of trees and…

We spent this past Fourth of July hiking.  It was still during this last heat wave, but we had water and it was much cooler in the woods.  We decided to pick Pack Monadnock as it is also on our list of mountains to hike.  This one in particular is due to its Fire Tower on top and we can check it off on our Fire Tower Quest. You can find the mountain list here:  http://4000footers.com/list_towerquest.shtml We had already gone up Belknap Mountain to the fire tower there, so it was time to check another one off of our list. Panoramic view from up the Fire Tower   On the way down we did a little Geocaching! We actually found 3 out…

The old local rails are all gone.  With their demise they've left behind a perfectly graded and nearly straight path that cuts through the landside that town after town have been either paving over or packing down allowing for a great resource for running, walking, biking, etc. My town is no different.  While our rail is short and currently doesn't lead very far (they're working on it!) it is still a great resource and I've started enjoying it more and more. I've run into walkers, joggers, bikers, folks walking their dog.  I've done the latter myself.  There's a great bridge a mile down the trail where you can go down the banks and let your dog take a quick dip,…

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