Saturday, June 8th, 9 am – 2 pm
Join us for a guided hike to explore the many unique features of this beautiful part of the Belknap Range. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about these conserved lands and the natural and human history of LRCT’s Piper Mountain Conservation Area in Gilford and the land known as the Jail Pasture as well the summits of Piper and Belknap. Russ Wilder and Rhys Bowen, LRCT Trustees, will lead participants on this moderate/strenuous hike and will share their knowledge of the historic and natural heritage of this area. Mr. Bowen, a research ornithologist, will help us identify the birds we encounter and what they are doing at this buggy time of year.
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 steeply over rocky outcrops to the summit of Belknap Mountain and its 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.
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. Trail capable and friendly dogs are welcome!
Please register here!