GET FIT HIKE 3: Bald Knob/ Turtleback Hike
Half Day Hike DATE: 05/06/2023 - 05/06/2023
Trip/Event Location: Moultonborough, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Our third of four GetFit Hikes! We will be hiking Bald Knob [1,801 feet] and Turtleback Mountain [2,203 feet]. This open rock knob on the south side of the Ossipee Range features a sweeping,...
To reach the mountain, we’ll meet at Ossipee Park Road, just outside the gate to the Castle in the Clouds grounds; Ossipee Park Road leaves NH 171 0.5 mile southeast of its junction with NH 109 and rises steeply for 1.3 miles to the signed parking area on the right. We’ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.
The views were spectacular and it was a nice clear day with puffy clouds! Bald Knob is a ledge on the side of Turtleback Mountain, in the Ossipee Range.
Beautiful day hiking up to Bald Knob and Turtleback Mountain although there were significant areas of mud and pooling of water. The trail is a steady and comfortable climb up the mountains, which is why it's so popular. There were not that many people out today considering how beautiful a day it was!
We first hiked up to Turtleback Mountain first following an old carriage road with a series of switchbacks. The views from the summit were excellent - Mt. Roberts, Faraway Mountain, Mount Shaw, and Black Snout were all easily seen! There were not many people on this summit and we had it ourselves most of the time. We had lunch here and celebrated Jon’s birthday.
We then made our way to Bald Knob. On the summit there is a wooden viewing platform on top, but it is not needed to obtain the gorgeous view. Lake Winnipesaukee across a large portion of the landscape, with the Belknap Range in the background. To the right, on a small hill nearby, we could see Castle in the Clouds. Red Hill is also seen, Mt. Moosilauke and other peaks further north. The views were spectacular and it was a nice clear day with puffy clouds! There was nice breeze.
The weather was perfect and participants made for an awesome, fun-filled day!
~ Mike and Jon
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Thank you Mike and Jon for another great hike and a perfect weather day! So great to see old friends and make new ones! - NHGuy1028
- Thanks, Mike and Jon for the great hike! Perfect weather and a great group of friends. In the photo I added, I am pointing to Black Snout. A mountain with a name like that deserves recognition! - H2Odialog