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Beech Hill
New Hampton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The woods road beyond the Bald Ledge Trail turnoff
The woods road beyond the Bald Ledge Trail turnoff

Route: Bald Ledge Trail, woods road, logging road, bushwhack

Snow has consolidated/melted down to closer 6-8" in depth over the past few days in this area. First portion of Bald Ledge Trail is packed out for snowshoes/skis (from a few days ago), however thereafter I had the only tracks (on snowshoes). Followed Sky Pond Road beyond the Bald Ledge Trail turnoff, then took a right onto an old logging road (a few boulders blocking it off) and followed that until it petered out at the foot of Beech Hill.

Thereafter, I followed the ridge through generally open woods up to the wooded highpoint. I then descended a little to the south to a shelf, where there could be fantastic views if not for small hardwood growth. I descended just a little further to the south and found two adjacent decent but narrow directional views toward the Belknaps and toward the southwest (the latter on a stonewall).

I then dropped down the north side of the peak, directly to Sky Pond (occasionally on old logging roads...generally open woods...could be wet in a few areas), then followed a faint herd path back to the boat launch.

Snow was moist, but rain had not yet begun.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Beech Hill
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,090'
Destination: Beech Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100'
Summit Elevation: 1,490'
Vertical Gain: 410'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:18
Hike Vertical Gain: 450'


The start of the Bald Ledge Trail at the end of the maintained portion of Sky Pond Road
The start of the Bald Ledge Trail at the end of the maintained portion of Sky Pond Road

Looking at the Belknaps from near the summit of Beech Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Belknaps from near the summit of Beech Hill

Sky Pond
Sky Pond

Topographic map of Beech Hill


Directions to trailhead: From Ashland, take Route 132 south, then bear left onto Winona Road. Take a right onto Dana Hill Road. Take a left onto Lower Oxbow Road. Take a left onto Sky Pond Road. The Sky Pond boat launch and parking area will be on the right just prior to the end of the road. The Bald Ledge Trail starts as the continuation of Sky Pond Road.

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