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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 Eagle Cliff Trail
Looking up the Eagle Cliff Trail

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

A cold, windy day - a short, sheltered hike was in store. After making some room in the snowbank to park, we headed up the Eagle Cliff Trail in our snowshoes. Other than a barebooter during the previous snowstorm, as well as numerous wild animals, no one had been up the trail - thus, we were breaking (though there wasn't that much snow). Reaching the cliffs, we decided to take the bypass route, rather than deal with traction. Reaching the first set of ledges, the wind was cold, but the views good.

The sunset was quite nice, even though there wasn't much in way of clouds to enhance colors. While it was tempting to linger for awhile and see if the horizon would go red, the near zero-degree temperature and gusty winds were enough to make that idea seem unappealing. Thus, it was a quick walk out.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:28 PM
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Eagle Cliff
Ascent Commenced: 3:28 PM
Summit Reached: 3:51 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 580'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Distance: .7 miles
Vertical Gain: 695'
Hike Ended: 4:42 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:14
Hike Distance: 1.4 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 the Sandwich Range from one of the ledges near the Eagle Cliff summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at 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, though the shoulder is not plowed in winter.

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