Hiking, Biking & Fishing
Gunstock Mountain Resort is nature’s playground. As you climb higher on any of our resort's hiking trails to Gunstock Mountain, Mount Rowe and Cobble Mountain there are breaktaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Ossipee and Sandwich Ranges and into the Presidential Range. On a clear day you can see Mount Washington. Read on to learn about our trail and how to access them. Learn more about bicycling in the Lakes Region on the Lakes Region Bicycling website.
The Wetlands Boardwalk
In partnership with the Belknap County Conservation District, Gunstock is home to the 1/4 mile, handicapped accessible boardwalk, complete with benches for resting. The walk is self-guided with informational points along the way. Parking is available off the entrance road, on the right just past the end of the bridge’s guardrail. Handicap access is through the campground. Please stop in at the Camp Store for handicap access and directions.
Gunstock Mountain Resort sits in the middle of the Belknap Range and right above Lake Winnipesaukee. There is a wonderful trail network maintained by the Belknap Range Trail Tenders, a volunteer organization that has assumed primary responsibility for the maintenance of many of the trails in the Belknap Range, particularly in the western part of the Range. Follow the great work they are doing on their facebook page. The Belknap Range Trail Map is available for download. Please note: if you would like a copy of this map, it can be purchased in the either Mountainside Outfitters or at the Camping Center.
There are several marked nature trails around the resort. The Gunstock Hiking and Biking Trail Map includes the trails on within Gunstock's boundaries.
Ridge Trail (white blazes)
- Distance to Gunstock summit is 2.43 miles, approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.
- The Ridge Trail begins just a little northwest of the Main Base Lodge, at the start of the access road to Mount Rowe. After reaching the summit of Mount Rowe, the trail follows the ridge into the saddle between Mount Rowe and Mount Gunstock. Trail now parallels a ski trail (2013 relocation), and continues to the summit of Gunstock Mountain.
Brook Trail (yellow blazes)
- Distance to Gunstock summit is 1.65 miles, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- The trail begins by the large stone fireplace just to the left of the Panorama chairlift. Most of the trail climbs steadily through a mature woodland, but you will cross ski trails several times, moving from one side of the woods to another. You will come to a junction near the top, meeting the Saddle Trail, which is blazed white. Take a right to continue on the Brook Trail to the top of Mount Gunstock. If you follow the trail to the left, it will take you to the top of Mount Belknap via the blue trail.
Overlook Trail (orange blazes)
- Distance to Gunstock summit is 3.6 miles, approximately 2 hours.
- Follow Round Pond Trail out of the main parking area. Trail is blazed orange and red for the first .9 miles. Follow just past a hair pin turn where the Overlook Trail will be on the right. The trail descends a little, crosses a brook and climbs steadily through the forest. Turn right onto the Saddle Trail to the top of Mount Gunstock.
Round Pond Trail (red blazes)
- Distance to the pond is 3 miles, approximately 2 hours.
- To reach the trailhead follow the access road back past the last of the maintenance buildings, and turn right onto a gravel road leading across a small stone bridge. Trail is blazed orange and red for the first .9 miles. Immediately turn left and begin following a bike trail until it meets the yellow-blazed E. Gilford Trail. Turn right onto the E. Gilford Trail and follow ¼ mile to where the bike trail leads you left towards Round Pond.
Cobble Mountain Trail (blue XC markers)
- Distance from start to finish is .85 miles, approximately 45 minutes.
- The Cobble Mountain trail is accessed from the entrance road near the maintenance yard. It loops around the base of Cobble Mountain. To access the crown, take the Crown trail.
While the hikes at Gunstock should take just a few hours, it is your responsibility to be prepared:
- Know where you are going and how to return!
- Wear appropriate clothing for the season, in layers.
- Carry a whistle, flashlight, rain coat and extra food, water and clothing in a daypack.
- Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return.
Belknap Range Trails
The Belknap Range Conservation Coalition is a non-profit group whose mission is to promote the conservation of open space, responsible stewardship, and low impact public enjoyment of the scenic natural, recreational and historical resources of the Belknap Mountain Range. They are a great resource for hiking trail maps of the entire Belknap Mountain Range.
- Enjoy Gunstock's single and double track trails. There are all levels of difficulty, starting with beginner terrain through our campground, to intermediate trails around Cobble Mountain, and up to advance riding across the ridge line from the summit of Gunstock to Mount Rowe.
- Bike trails are indicated on the Gunstock Hiking and Biking Trail Map.
- Sorry, no lift service is available to take bikes to the summit at this time.
- NEW in 2020- Gunstock offers e-bike tours.
- Guides lead groups of up to 8 participants.
- Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. They begin in the Stadium Area across from the Camp Store with instructional how-to and practice prior to heading out to explore the trails and test your biking skills.
- Click HERE for more information.
- Gunstock's 3-acre fishing pond is stocked on a regular basis through the summer by NH Fish and Game. Anglers are required to park in Gunstock's Main Parking lot in order to access the pond.
- A valid New Hampshire State Fishing License is required for ages 16 and older. The NH Fish and Game web site has information on when the pond has been stocked and where to purchase fishing licenses. (NH Fish and Game refers to our pond as the Belknap Recreation Area Pond.)
- The Camp Store has bait available for purchase.
- Both the Belknap County Sportsman Association and Gilford Police Department host Kid’s Fishing Derbies in early June. More information is available on the events calendar.