Published DateGILFORD — A coalition of Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS), the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) and others have just published a new trail map of the Belknap Mountain Range.
This new map uses modern map-making technology including a Geographic Information Systems (ESRI-ArcGIS) application and hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) to update maps of the majority of trails in the Belknap Range, including hiking and snowmobile trails as well as Class VI roads, abandoned logging roads and unmaintained footpaths.
Many hikers are familiar with the first comprehensive trail map of the Belknap Range completed by Dave Roberts over a decade ago. This new map is dedicated to his efforts and adds trail names and blaze colors to the trails which are displayed on an updated shaded-relief topographic map.
Weldon Bosworth of Gilford developed this map over the last year and a half with the assistance of several local hikers who helped map and verify GPS tracks for these trails.
Those contributing to the GPS and trail verification effort included Steve Zimmer, Rick Andrews, Hal & Peggy Graham, Don Watson, Bob Knoll, Dan Tinkham, Nanci Mitchell, Everett Ricker, Alan Sherwood, Don Hughes, Steve Schor and Mike Ware.
The new 11" X 17" map will be made available free of charge to local libraries who may charge a nominal fee for reproduction of this map. The Gilford Public Library will hold a "Winter Hiking in the Belknaps" seminar on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. to present the map and discuss winter hiking
A coalition of local hiking groups has pubished a new map of the Belknap Mountain Range. (Courtesy photo)