Piper Mountain is a hidden gem in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The peak is easily accessible, has beautiful views, and is relatively unknown to most people. The mountain’s long ridge has large pockets of exposed ledges that boast fantastic observation spots. Lake Winnisquam, Mt. Kearsarge, Ragged Mountain, and the Green Mountains may all be seen from the mountain’s western vantage point.
The mountain is located close to the more popular Belknap Mountain and Mount Major. Piper Mountain’s views easily rival, if not surpass, the others, and Piper Mountain is far easier to climb. The Piper Mountain Trail is a 2.8-mile out-and-back trail that is the most popular route to the top. On Carriage Road, right after the gate, lies the trailhead. The trail has a gentle ascent with a couple of somewhat steep sections as it approaches the summit. Because there is only one path to the peak, the track is well-traveled and easy to follow. It is rated as easy to intermediate. Leashed dogs are allowed to hike Piper Mountain.
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- Type: Summit
- Elevation: 2,030 ft
- Prominence: 224 ftv
- Parent mountain: Piper Mountain
- Easiest trail: Piper Mountain Trail (Lower Carriage Road)
- Trail distance: 2.8 miles
- Trail difficulty: Easy
- Trail popularity: Low
- Elevation gain: 962 ft
- Estimated hike time: 2 hours
- Address: Piper Mountain
- Town: Gilford
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: Lat 43.50420 Lng -71.37734
- Parking notes: Hikers can park in the parking area just behind the gate on Carriage Road and walk a few hundred feet to the trailhead, which is located just after the road bridge on the right. Parking is free at the trailhead.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE