I had planned a nice 10.5 mile hike of the Belknap region with my Meetup group on Saturday, but the forecast changed from 30% precipitation to 70%. It was supposed to rain all day Sunday as well. I decided to reschedule the hike and would not be hiking Columbus Day weekend. Of course it was a perfect weekend so I had to do some hiking. I thought Monday would be a nice day to wake up at 4:00 am and drive to the Belknaps to see the sunrise.
I started this hike at 6:00 am. I started in the dark with a headlamp, but I thought the trails were easy to navigate.
I hiked up to Piper Mountain first as thought that peak would be my best bet for a sunrise view. I started on Carriage Road at the end of Belknap Mountain Road.
|Looking West, saying goodbye to the moon.
The sunrise was perfect. Because there were a few clouds, the colors were a little more vibrant and changed frequently. The fog over Lake Winnipesaukee and Round Pond was an added bonus!
While my GoPro was busy snapping photos, I headed up towards Belknap Mountain. From Piper you follow the orange blazes. There are some nice viewpoints on the way over to the summit and fire tower.
On these three peaks I didn’t see another person. This includes on the way down or driving out of Carriage Road. I did pass the parking area for Mt. Major and it was completely full. Cars were parking on the side of the road as well. These mountains don’t have as close of a view of Lake Winnipesaukee, but the views of the surrounding area are wonderful AND you get away from the crowds!
In 1972 a one engine plane crashed near the summit of Belknap Mountain. Here is a link to the waymark for those interested. The first couple of pieces (possibly not related to the crash) I found on the orange trail approaching the summit. The picture with the larger pieces of wreckage was found East of the summit.
Last modified: November 28, 2014