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We officially received our patches for finishing the Belknap Range this year. Lots of great hikes that spanned the course of 3 years to finish and get our patches. We are looking to the Ossipee range for next year and eventually the White Mountains. Patches with a nice note If you want to join in with some hikes and receive your patches, there is a full list of those hikes here: http://4000footers.com/lists.shtml Foggy view on Mount Major Some days the view is the destination, other days the hike is the adventure. Just get outdoors. It is worth it.

The last of the Belknap Range for my hiking series and probably one of the easiest to hike up if you wanted. At Gunstock Mountain there is a gravel road that goes straight up the front to access all of the towers on top of this mountain. So instead you park on the back side of the mountain by the elementary school and hike from there. Bridge path leading from the parking lot You start off on this very picturesque path and over a stream and start heading up the mountain. You have two choices, a yellow trail that goes straight up, or a blue trail that switchbacks many times to give you a more gradual climb. Since Cat hurt…

Successfully completed our loop climbing East Quarry to West Quarry and then onto Mount Rand and back. 4.67 Miles with a 1,293 elevation Between Quarry and Rand - Taking the Ledge Route Our trip too us roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were taking our time overall and the Mrs twisted her ankle coming down Rand - she was tired - so that slowed us down also. The key take away from the injury is to take along some snacks. We've been doing quite a few of the easy hikes and while it was only two hours if your body doesn't have enough fuel to keep going you're bound to get injured. EAST QUARRY Easy Quarry Peak Both peaks…

On Mother's day, we successfully summited Whiteface Mountain. Last time we had to turn back half way due to an oncoming thunderstorm which we just barely beat as we ran down and made it to the car. This time, I'm happy to report, we did not run into such impediments. Snow could still be seen on either side of the trail Winter weather had taken its toll on the trail This is as far as we got the last time! We made it to the place we were forced to turn around last time and kept on going. The day was cold and windy. We were warm enough with the correct clothing and gloves. The sun did eventually come out…

In New Hampshire, just when you think one season is over, it shows up again just to remind you how unpredictable the weather really is around here. Woke up last Saturday morning to a good ground covering of heavy fluffy snow. It was still snowing and I checked outside. Surprisingly was warm for what I saw in front of my eyes. Grabbed the dog (she's 13) and decided to take a walk. Good fortune came upon us in our little neighborhood by not only being next to some conservation land, but also we have some great outdoor enthusiasts who have created a 2.7 mile trail through these woods. The trial is roughly finalized, but enough for the local town conservation…

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…

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