GILFORD — Gilford's Weldon Bosworth announces the launch of a new website, BelknapRangeTrails.org.
This new website is intended to make easily accessible trail maps, trail descriptions and a variety of information on features in the Belknap Mountain Range in the Lakes Region of NH. The site has separate web pages with downloadable maps for most of the mountains in the Belknap Range. There also are downloadable trail descriptions for most of the blazed hiking trails in the range.
Many of these trail descriptions are from the AMC New Hampshire Trail Guide. Others have been written by BRATTS trail adopters. The Belknap Range trail map, newly updated this month, was developed by Weldon with the assistance of many who helped with the GPS and verification effort. These people included Steve Zimmer, Rick Andrews, Hal & Peggy Graham, Don Watson, Ron Klemarczyk, Bob Knoll, Dan Tinkham, Mike Ware, Nanci Mitchell, Everett Ricker, Alan Sherwood, Don Hughes and Steve Schor. The new map is downloadable from the new website and has been made available to most of the Lakes Region's libraries including Gilford, Laconia, Gilmanton, Alton, Tuftonboro, Barnstead and Sanbornton who may charge a nominal fee for their reproduction.
The content on the new BelknapRangeTrails.org website benefits significantly from the collaboration of both Dave Roberts and Hal Graham. Dave Roberts developed the first comprehensive hiking map of the Belknap Range, pioneered and blazed many new trails in the range, and perhaps more importantly, brought to the public descriptions of the many fascinating scenic, natural, recreational and historical resources of the Belknap Mountain Range. His original map, also available at local libraries, is a "gold mine" of information on the Belknaps and any visitor to the Belknap Range would benefit by becoming familiar with it. You will find several of his photos and descriptions on the new website.
Hal Graham, the President of BRATTS (Belknap Range Trail Tenders), has assisted in making the maps and trail descriptions on this site as accurate as possible. More significantly he has contributed thousands of hours of his time maintaining the hiking trails in the Belknaps, both by his own efforts and in leading a group of enthusiastic volunteer "Trail Tenders". Those who use these trails owe Hal and the BRATTS a hearty "thank you."
It is Weldon's hope that this new website will be a dynamic one which is updated often by hikers and backcountry visitors with new information on trails and features in the Belknap Range, including photographs of its scenic beauty.