Locke’s Hill

19 09 2013

NH - Gilford - Locke's Hill

  • Location: Gilford, NH
  • Owner: Town of Gilford
  • Highlights: A loop hike to several fantastic viewpoints of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding scenery. One vista has stone chairs. There are interpretive signs along the trail.
  • Directions (from Boston): 103 miles, 1 hour 44 minutes
  • The Trail: 1.69 mile loop
  1. From the parking lot, follow the Quarry Trail straight ahead through a gate.
  2. Follow that trail as it meanders along a brook, climbs upward, and emerges beneath power lines at 1.07 miles.
  3. Head along the power line toward the lake.  You will quickly reach a sign for Lakeview Trail, which leaves to the right.
  4. Before taking this, just in the woods to the left of the power lines is an excellent overlook of Lake Winnipesaukee.
  5. Follow Lakeview Trail down the hill stopping at yet another view over the lake at 1.28 miles that contains a number of stone chairs.
  6. After taking in the final vista, continue down a series of switchbacks to the parking lot.