Join us for a guided hike to explore the many unique features of this beautiful piece of the Belknap Range. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about these conserved lands and the natural and human history of the LRCT’s Moulton Brook – Piper Mountain Conservation Area in Gilford and the land known as the Jail Pasture as well the summit of Piper.
Russ Wilder, LRCT Trustee, will lead participants on this moderate/strenuous hike and will share his extensive knowledge of the historic and natural heritage of this area with participants. We will be joined by Matt Tarr, PhD, Associate Extension Professor-Wildlife Specialist UNH Cooperative Extension Service.
We will leave from the upper parking lot on the Belknap Mountain Carriage Road and will take the White/Old Piper trail to the north summit of Piper, retrace our steps on the Old Piper Trail and head southeast on the relocated Piper/Round Pond Link trail in the Jail Pasture. Where the Piper/Round Pond Link meets the Boulder trail, we will turn left and ascend Belknap to the Fire Tower using the Boulder and White Trails. After having lunch near the fire tower, we will descend to the upper parking lot via the White Trail.
Details: The hike will depart at 9:00 am and return at approximately 2:00 pm. We ask that participants plan to arrive by 8:45 am to register and prepare for the hike; the meeting location is described in the directions below. Friendly dogs are welcome!
Registration: Participation will be limited. Please contact our trip leader Russ to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: All LRCT guided excursions are free to all.
Bring/Wear: Bring plenty of water and a lunch; we will take a break for lunch along the way. Wear hiking boots/appropriate trail footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. You may consider bringing bug spray and sunscreen.
Cancellation/Postponement: In the event of inclement weather, check LRCT’s website and Facebook page for cancellation notices.
Directions: Please meet at the hiker parking lot at the top of Belknap Mountain Carriage Rd. in Gilford. Use the following google maps link for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/B75P6jb9znQ2