Alton Bay’s overlook of Winnipesaukee

A high view of Lake Winnipesaukee looking towards Wolfeboro.

A high view of Lake Winnipesaukee looking towards Wolfeboro.

Following Route 11 north offers more views of the narrow frozen waterway of Alton Bay, before it heads inland a bit, and begins to climb up the hills that hem in the lake. Trixie keeps watch for a cliff of granite that inevitably appears ahead, because in the shadow of it is one of the best pull offs to view Lake Winnipesaukee from on high. Odds are if you set your GPS to just “Alton Bay” it will lead you here, and the ‘center’ of the town is supposedly nearby.

From this lookout, you can look south towards the narrow channel of Alton Bay – or northeast to Wolfeboro, a good long drive away, depending on how many times we stop to see the scenery. The islands of the lake stand out as black streaks on the white plain, and the White Mountains start to rise on the horizon like low gentle waves under blue skies.

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