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About


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

With a cloudy afternoon, I was tempted to cancel my plan to do a quick sunset hike. Seeing a bit of blue to the north, however, I figured there might be a chance of some color.

The Eagle Cliff Trail was snow and ice free, however it was still a bit tricky nonetheless, due to freshly fallen leaves. Reaching the top of the ledges, I had some color visible in the horizon.

After a few minutes of halfway decent color, the sun set, lighting up the region-wide cloud layer. In addition, Squam Lake lit up beautifully. Perhaps the most colorful sunset hike of the year for me, I was able to enjoy an hour display - amazing!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, November 13, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:39 PM
Parking Elevation: 580'
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Ascent Commenced: 3:39 PM
Summit Reached: 3:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 580'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Distance: .6 miles
Vertical Gain: 695'
Hike Ended: 5:11 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:22
Hike Distance: 1.2 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. Tripyramid from one of the ledges near the Eagle Cliff summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tripyramid 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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