Ascent of Belknap Mountain on 2009-08-04

Climber: Karen Lemieux

Date:Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Belknap Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2382 ft / 726 m

Ascent Trip Report

We'll visit nine peaks in the Belknap Range, one of which (Straightback Mt) has a wild blueberry patch. The Belknap Range is an L-shaped string of small peaks that rise 1,800 feet to the west from the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Belknap Mountain contains many open ledges which offer views, and a fire tower on the summit features all-around views. At the eastern end of the range, Mt. Major, with its excellent 360-degree views, is one of the most climbed mountains in southern New Hampshire.
Then-landowner George Phippen built a stone hut for hikers on the summit in 1925, but the roof blew off the next winter. A stronger roof lasted two winters before blowing off in the spring of 1928. The stone walls still provide shelter from the wind.

We'll spot cars at the parking lot at the upper end of Carriage Road in Gilford. We'll hike from Major to Belknap (10 miles) and drive back to Major.

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