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Gilford, New Hampshire

Hike the Lockes Hill Trail

1.8 Miles Total - 419 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Jonathan Mundy

This is an easy-to-hike trail near Gilford, NH that yields beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee. For the best experience, use the Quarry Trail which features rocky streams, cleared paths, and great photography spots.

This trail, beginning at a parking lot adjacent to the lake, leads to one of the best views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Although not very high in elevation, it is one of the tallest crests in the area, providing some of the best views, and the actual hike is not challenging in most conditions. Due to the (relatively) small height, the trail loops up the hills, creating a winding yet straightforward route.

The favorite route to begin with is the Quarry Trail, starting from the parking lot, which passes through several stony streams and up some stair-like rock platforms into the rest of the forest.

Many hikers bring their pet dogs for the hike as it's not too draining, but be wary of the odd wild animal (a squirrel, for example) drawing attention to itself.

One word of caution: if you plan on using the trail in the winter or early spring months, be wary of ice covering the trail which can be time-consuming to cross and possibly treacherous if unprepared.

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Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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Excellent views

Easy and short hike with beautiful views! Very family friendly. Good for all ages.

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