Belknap Range Hike 2: West Quarry, Rand, Klem, Mack, and Anna

Over three weekends from April to May, we hiked all 12 peaks in the Belknap Range in New Hampshire. 

After winter ended, all we wanted was to enjoy the spring weather and walk among the blooming trees and flowers. We hiked a couple of peaks in the Belknap Range, beginning with Mount Major and fell in love with the region. As we started mapping out another route to hike in the area, we found out that there is actually a Belknap Range Hiking List that consists of 12 peaks that we were already a quarter of the way done with. So we decided to spend the next two weekends hiking all 12 peaks in this range. 

West Quarry, Rand, Klem, Mack, and Anna

Hike Date: May 1, 2021

We enjoyed blue skies with fluffy clouds for this middle of 3 hikes to complete our Belknap Range Hiker list.

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0 mi0 miStart at Steinwachs Trailhead at the end of Reed Road
1.3 mi1.3 miReed Road Trail to Dave Roberts’ Quarry Trail
0.5 mi1.8 miDave Roberts’ Quarry Trail to West Quarry Mountain
0.9 mi2.7 miDave Roberts’ Quarry Trail to Mt. Rand
0.5 mi3.2 miDave Roberts’ Quarry Trail to Mt. Klem
0.2 mi3.4 miDave Roberts’ Quarry Trail back to Klem-Mack Loop
0.5 mi3.9 miKlem-Mack Loop to Mt. Mack
1.3 mi5.2 miRed Trail (part of Belknap Range Trail) to Mt. Anna
0.4 mi5.6 miBlue Trail (part of Belknap Range Trail) to Marsh Crossing
0.4 mi6 miMarsh Crossing to Dave Roberts’ Quarry Trail
0.5 mi6.5 miDave Roberts’ Quarry Trail back to Reed Road Trail
1.3 mi7.8 miReed Road Trail back to parking lot

Map

This Belknap Range Trail Map should help you pick your own route on the extensive trail network if you choose.

This hike was really pleasant. The sun peeked out a few times and we saw very few people on trail, making it a perfect day of hiking in solitude. We opted to hike this as a lollipop, starting at Steinwachs Trailhead, heading up to West Quarry, then looping in a circle to cross over Mts. Rand, Klem, Mack, Anna, and then back to West Quarry and down the same trail again. 

We parked at a rather large parking lot off the left side of Reed Road and walked a few minutes up to the start of the trailhead where the road dead ended. The first section of trail was not very picturesque (eroded and overgrown), but luckily, it was short. As soon as we turned right onto a proper hiking trail, it was much better.

Dead end to start the trail
On the actual hiking trail

We gained elevation by hiking up some very gentle and long switchbacks along the side of East Quarry Mountain. We did not go over East Quarry, but turned right just before the summit to head over to West Quarry Mountain, which is one of the 12 on the Belknap Range list. 

Quarry Trail
West Quarry Mountain summit
West Quarry Mountain summit

From there, we took the ledges route on our way to Mt. Rand. These were fun and provided a couple views along the way, but are easily avoided with an alternate parallel trail if ledges aren’t your thing. We passed quickly over Mt. Rand, with its summit in the trees, and enjoyed some views just a bit further down the trail.

Hiking on the ledge
Hiking on the ledge
Mt. Rand summit
Mt. Rand summit
View just past Mt. Rand
View just past Mt. Rand

After that, we made great time to Mt. Klem, another viewless summit in the woods. Here, we met a few other hikers doing the more popular Klem and Mack loop.

Trail to Mt. Klem
Trail to Mt. Klem
Mt. Klem summit
Mt. Klem summit

The next section of trail on the Klem-Mack Loop between those peaks might have been our favorite stretch of the day. It was filled with lush greenery, something we’d clearly missed all winter, and some open areas with views as we walked.

Views from the Klem-Mack Loop Trail
Views from the Klem-Mack Loop Trail
Lush greenery along the trail
Lush greenery along the trail
Mt. Mack summit
Mt. Mack summit

Past Mt. Mack, we descended Red Trail, part of the Belknap Range Trail that traverses the whole area, and enjoyed a relatively easy climb through the woods to Mt. Anna and another hand painted wooden summit sign. Here, at our last new peak for the day, we paused to refuel with lunch before the rest of the hike out.

Woodsy trail section
Woodsy trail section
Mt. Anna summit
Mt. Anna summit

We quickly reached Marsh Crossing Trail and took that back to West Quarry Mountain, the first peak we climbed earlier in the morning. That gave us one last rocky ascent before it was all downhill back to the parking lot on Reed Road.

Marsh Crossing trail sign
Marsh Crossing
One last climb

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