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“Knight’s Pond”, Alton, New Hampshire Revisited September 24, 2016 — Tranquility Triumphs.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with a Nikon P900.

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Since we discovered this local ‘gem‘, on the Internet, we try to visit at least a few times a year.

We had last visited, in 2016, 6 months ago and it had NOT been very pleasant since there was non-stop sounds of gunfire from the target range next door!

But yesterday, a Saturday, around 4:30pm, was QUIET. Not a peep. There were two other cars in the ‘car park’ but we saw nobody, we heard no sounds other than that of nature. It was at its best. There was even some foliage.


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“Knight’s Pond”, Alton, N.H. — 6 Months Apart In 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Knight’s Pond” in Alton is one of our favored local jaunts, when the mood takes us. We were there yesterday and I posted these foliage pictures.

I was looking through my previous “Knight’s Pond” post when I was struck by these similarities. Déjà vu, all over again.

February 29 & September 24, 2016.

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New Hampshire 2016 Foliage (“Knight’s Pond”) — September 24.

by Anura Guruge


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Knight’s Pond, Alton, New Hampshire.

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“Locke’s Hill Trail”, Gilford, NH — A Mini (But Rewarding) “Mount Major”.

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From Google Maps, of course — who else? Click image to access Google Maps at this ‘point’.


Locke’s Hill” in Gilford like “Knight’s Pond” in Alton is an oft overlooked by folks looking for a ‘not-to-hard’, BUT rewarding hike on ‘this side’ of Lake Winnipesaukee. “Locke’s Hill” trail, like the much more famous “Mount Major” in Alton is on Route 11, about 6 miles apart. See map above.

“Locke’s” is a definite, v. kid friendly, alternative to “Mount Major” — the views from the top not that dissimilar. “Locke’s” at 1.9 miles of hiking is exactly half as long as “M.M.”, and at 1,057′ its elevation is 728′ less than that of its ‘big cousin’. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, if “M.M” is a 4 “Locke’s” is probably 1.25. If you go up “Quarry Trail” on the left of the Trailhead and come down via the “Lakeside Trail” the only real (slightly) steep places you will encounter is on the way down!

We, I and the two kids, did “Locke’s” on Monday evening when the temp. was in the high 70s. It is shady and cool. Totally deserted (as it tends to be). We encountered one other group and that was when we were nearly back at the car park. In contrast there were about 8 cars at “M.M.”. When I lived in Gilford, less than 1.5 miles away, I did this trail quite a bit, often with Ulysses.

Easy, fun, rewarding hike. The stone seats are cool. Unlike “Knight’s” it is very quiet and peaceful until you are nearly back to the car park — at which point you hear the traffic on Rte 11.

At the v. top, by the red tower do NOT take the wide track with what are tire-tracks from the tower maintenance vehicles. Instead either GO STRAIGHT ahead or find the narrower foot-path which is the “Lakeside Trail”. Otherwise you will miss the views of the Lake! Do not go back along the “Quarry Trail” following the signs to the car park. You will miss the Lake again! Yes, the signage could be better at the top. But now you have been warned.


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‘6 images for the day’ — March 1, 2016 + 6 Bonus From Boston From Feb. 21.

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All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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Taken in Boston on Sunday, February 21, 2016
during visit for Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

Series started Feb. 23.







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My Little Tree Hugger.

by Anura Guruge


Taken at Knight’s Pond, Alton, NH,
yesterday.

She can’t resist climbing rocks and trees.
She has clamoured up these same trees and rocks
for the last four years.

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Dog Rescue post from yesterday.


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‘6 images for the day’ — February 29, 2016 (Leap Day) + 6 Bonus From “Knight’s Pond”, N.H.

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All the pictures taken with my
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Check this post for about “Knigh’s Pond“,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

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Dramatic Dog Through Ice Rescue At Knight’s Pond, Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


With it being so warm and inviting we decided to go to Knight’s Pond,
in Alton, 
on Sunday, February 28, 2016
— the last day of the February school vacation.

We knew that there was a risk of a dog going through the ice.
Deanna had the ‘electric’ collars on them.

Well Braxton was too quick. But it was fine.

Devanee, to my amazement, jumped to the rescue.

I had the camera in my hand.
She was already on her hands and knees going across the ice.
I have done this before.
So I waited in case I had to go to get them both out.

It was fine. Life in New Hampshire. 


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Knight’s Pond, Alton, NH, A Little Known Gem Of A Trail In The Lakes Region

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge




I read about Knight’s Pond, around this time last year, on Winnipesaukee.com. It sounded interesting. Deanna and Teischan were going to a birthday party. Devanee was anxious to do something new and fun. So the two of us, with the two dogs, and Maya really was a puppy, went looking for Knight’s Pond. We found it, at last, but it wasn’t straightforward. There is NOT a single sign for it! That is OK. They want to keep it fairly secret. We were impressed. A few weeks later we all went, again, of course, with the dogs. We have been there a few times since.

Yesterday, was the anniversary (or thereabouts) of our first trip to Knight’s; the same birthday. So Devanee and I set off for Knight’s though Devanee did not realize or remember that this is what we had also done a year earlier. Of course the dogs came. It took me awhile to find the RIGHT turning off Route 28. I also forget and it is much further than I realize.

Ulysses and Maya at the start of the trail, looking towards the pond. This was last September. Maya is twice as big now.

The road that you are looking for is Rines Road, which is on your right, off Route 28, going towards Wolfeboro. Right opposite, on the other side of Rte 28, is the 2nd turning to Robert’s Cove. I am familiar with that turning since Glenn and Pam live off that, and I know that Rines is opposite — but I always forget how far it is. OK, I picked up a leaflet while I was there. Rines is 7.5 miles from the Alton Circle. Once you get onto Rines it is still 1.6 miles away — unmarked. Stay on Rines till you get to a noticeable fork in the road, bear left — it is a dirt road. Keep eyes peeled, on your left, about .5 miles from fork, for a rusty old brown gate and a brown sign. That is it. Turn in. Drive another .4 miles to the small parking area. Be careful. Don’t drive too fast. Park the car and start walking. .4 of a mile before you get to the pond.

It is quite a spectacular pond. Scenic and tranquil.

We have yet to walk all the way around the lake. We have walked the entire east side on the pond, multiple times.

It is not a hike. It is really just a gentle walk by the side of a quiet pond. There is some elevation and ruggedness, but it is not major (and definitely not Mt. Major). I think this is why this trail is so untraveled. Doing it is not something that you can ‘write home about’. But, great for kids and dogs. Maya now that she has become a water dog just loved it. Kept on going for a quick swim and then jumping back onto the trail. On the way back she worked out that she didn’t have to walk — that the trail, much of the time, follows the shoreline, quite close. So she jumped in and swam while we walked. I thought that was funny.

There is a basic map online.

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