Directions: Gunstock Mountain Resort is the closest major
resort to Boston and the New Hampshire Seacoast.
From I-93 North: Take exit 20 in Tilton, NH. Turn left on Rte. 3N. Travel along Rte. 3N for about 10 minutes. Bear right onto the Laconia By-Pass 3/11 (just past the Belknap Mall). Take the second exit, Rte.11A in Gilford. Turn right at end of exit ramp. Follow 11A east approximately 5 miles to Gunstock Mountain Resort. Entrance is on the right.
From I-95 North: Just south of Portsmouth take split to Routes 4 & 16 (Newington). This will put you on the Spaulding Turnpike. Take Spaulding Turnpike to exit 15W for Rte. 11W to Alton. Stay on Rte. 11 around Alton traffic circle and around Alton Bay. Take a left onto Rte. 11A. Take Rte. 11A approximately 5 miles to Gunstock entrance on left.
If you are traveling from South or West of Boston MA, it may be best to travel north on I-95 or I-495 and then exit off onto I-93 north. This route is probably quicker than following I-95 to Portsmouth NH, although traffic conditions can vary.
If you are using a navigational tool our physical address is:
719 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249
Trail Information: There are several marked nature trails around Gunstock Mountain resort. Trail Maps are available in the Mountainside Outfitters and Welcome Center.
1) Ridge Trail (white blazes) Distance is 2.43 miles, approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.
2) Brook trail (yellow blazes) Distance to the summit is 1.65 miles, approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
3) Overlook trail (orange blazes) Distance to the summit is 3.6 miles, approximately 2 hours.
4) Cobble crown trail (blue xc markers) Distance from start to finish is .85 miles, approximately 45 minutes.
5) Round Pond Trail (Red blazes & black diamonds) Distance to the pond is 3 miles, approximately 2 hours.
6) Acid Deposition Trail 1 mile round trip.
Miscellaneous Information: My typical run goes up the Mt. access rd to the summit. Then back down the ridge trail to the cell tower down the dirt rd. I take a right off the dirt rd at the top of the first ski lift and down that access rd. Then around the water and back to the parking lot.