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Eagle Cliff
Sandwich, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the cliffs portion of the Eagle Cliff Trail
Looking up the cliffs portion of the Eagle Cliff Trail

Route: Eagle Cliff Trail, (Eagle Cliff), Eagle Cliff Trail

Though I had done a sunrise hike before work, the nice weather drew me back outside for a brief sunset hike. Having not been to Eagle Cliff in over a year, it felt like a worthy destination.

After parking just barely off the road due to the snowbanks, I quickly set foot up the Eagle Cliff trail on Microspikes. The slushy spring snow made things a bit slow. Reaching the cliffs, I took my time climbing up the blue ice, soon reaching the upper ledges. At this point, my body reminded me it was hungry and a bit tired - time for some chocolate!

From the top of Eagle Cliff and the nearby ledges, the views were excellent - certainly a very underrated hike. After seeing a decent sunset, I decided to take the cliff bypass, pausing along the way to watching snowmobiles racing across Squam Lake.

This has to be one of the first times in awhile that I've been able to comfortably watch a sunset with just one layer on - perhaps spring is really on the way!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Length: Easy
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 6:08 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Ascent Commenced: 6:08 PM
Summit Reached: 6:35 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 580'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Distance: .6 miles
Vertical Gain: 695'
Hike Ended: 7:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:11
Hike Distance: 1.3 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 700'


The Eagle Cliff Trail trailhead on Squam Lake Road
The Eagle Cliff Trail trailhead on Squam Lake Road

Looking at Mt. Israel and the Sandwich Range from one of the ledges near the Eagle Cliff summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Israel and the Sandwich Range from one of the ledges near the Eagle Cliff summit

The sunset over Squam Lake - Click to enlarge
The sunset over Squam Lake

Topographic map of Eagle Cliff


Directions to trailhead: From Route 113 in Center Sandwich, take Squam Lake Road west. The Eagle Cliff Trail trailhead is just around the corner from where Squam Lake gets close to the road for the second time. Parking available alongside the road.

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