Are there any nice, short hikes nearby?

A view of Lake Winnipesaukee from the top of Mt. Klem, in the Belknap Range.
Photo taken October 25, 2011. About a 3 hour hike, round-trip.

You can get incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the tops of THREE different mountains around the lake!

1) The firetower on top of 2384 foot-high Belknap Mountain. Inquire at the Gilford Village Store (603) 524-1031 how to reach the trailhead.

 2) From the rocky top of Mt. Major, which is 1784 feet high. The trailhead can be easily found right off of Route 11 on the way to Alton Bay. Probably THE most popular climb on Lake Winnipesaukee! Click here to see the view (don’t click if you plan to hike the mountain – it may spoil the surpise)!

3) At 1801 feet, Bald Knob, on the grounds of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, has a South facing view, directly towards Weirs Beach!

These three spectacular hikes each take about 60-90 minutes to reach the summit. The trailheads are from 20-40 minutes from Weirs Beach.

The Castle in the Clouds has many other trails with scenic views like the following:

Other short, nearby trails include: Stonedam Island, 10 minutes by boat across Weirs Bay, has a little beach on the Weirs Beach side of the island; Waukewan Highlands, on Parade Rd in Meredith, only a 10 minutes drive from Weirs Beach, has 3 miles of trails; Hamlin Recreation Area, on Chemung Rd in Meredith, 15 minutes drive, has 6 miles of trails; Lockes Hill, on Route 11 in Gilford, 15 minutes away, has a good view of the Lake for very little effort; Piper Mountain, in the Belknap range, has good Lake views plus great wild blueberry picking in early August; Red Hill, off Bean Rd in Center Harbor, 20 minutes, has a very good view of Lake Winnipesaukee from its firetowerChamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, on College Rd in Center Harbor, 20 minutes, has a beach on Squam Lake; West Rattlesnake Mountain on Rt 113 N in Holderness, 30 minutes, has an excellent view of Squam Lake; and trails at the Loon Center on Lee’s Mills Road in Moultonborough, 30 minutes, are informative and educational.

Here are alternative web sources of information for some of the trails mentioned above:  • Mt. Major  • Red Hill


Click here to see a variety of old postcard views from around the Lake!