Gilson Pond Loop

Jaffrey, NH
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Gilson Pond Loop is located inside the Gilson Pond Campground which is part of Monadnock State Park. It is accessible year-round, even when the campground is closed. In the summer months, there is a hiker parking located at the top of the access road. In the winter months, there is a designated spot at the bottom of the access road and hikers must walk up the road.

The Gilson Pond Loop is a short hike around Gilson Pond that is wooded and offers great views. It is not stroller friendly and carriers are necessary for younger hikers. This trail is prone to flooding and wet areas throughout the year so good waterproof shoes are highly suggested.

For an alternative stroller friendly walk, the campground loops offer easy walking along the dirt roads.

There is a small playground here as well as a picnic area with charcoal grills. Pit Toilets are located near the parking areas, close to the playground and among the campsites. Running water is available seasonally.

Cell phone service is spotty and limited.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, and Shaded Hike

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

The Day Use Fee is only collected during the camping season. When the campground is closed the fee is an optional donation. Please consider paying even when it is optional as the NH State Parks are privately funded and do not receive tax dollars.

Adults (12+) $5
Children (6-11) $3
5 and Under Free
Camping- $25-45/NIGHT

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire!