Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,900'
Duration: 5 hrs.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Driving Directions: "From NH 11A, 1. 7 mi. south of Gunstock Mountain Resort and 2.7 mi. west of NH 11, turn west onto Bickford Rd. In 0.2 mi. turn left on Wood Road, and in another 0.1 mi., just before reaching a house, bear left on a narrow, gravel road (sign). Follow this road for 0.1 mi. to a parking area in an old gravel pit." Belknap Range Trails
This hike follows a fire/logging road from the parking area for a material distance. In fact, much of the hike follows what appear to be old fire or logging roads and in some sections there are snowmobile trails. Key features include the Poorfarm Brook which is adjacent to the early parts of the hike, Round Pond which is rather large and a beautiful spot overall and there are occasional views near all three summits.
The total elevation gain of 1,900' was more a function of the many ups and downs on this hike as opposed to the elevation change from the parking area to the summits. Nonetheless, it is still climbing! And, did I mention how hot it was today?
We've left Round Pond and are on the Mt. Klem-Mt. Mack Loop headed in a clockwise direction towards Mt. Klem. I would suggest that there is no preference when it comes to whether to take this loop clockwise or counterclockwise.
Just one of the many views encountered. Certainly the high temps have brought in the haze.
Don't miss this turn to the actual viewless summit of Mt. Klem, about 100 yards away.
Covering Mt. Rand was not in our original plan however, it was less than 1/2 mile away (each way) so we decided to capture it. Don't be fooled by the distance as the drop from Klem and then the climb up Rand are both material. And then of course you need to do it again on the return.
The summit of Mt. Rand is viewless but there are fine views like this one nearby.
The section from Mt. Klem to Mt. Mack is an easy trek.
We are back at Round Pond and if you look closely you can see the summit of Belknap Mountain in the background (with tower).
The circle of life! Yes, that is a frog in the mouth of this snake. The frog was still alive and was doing his very best to escape but I think he was doomed.