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Red Hill
Moultonborough, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Red Hill Trail
Looking up the Red Hill Trail

Route: Red Hill Trail

After steady downpour in the morning, the weather forecast was calling for a transition to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. While my original plan was to hike Bald Knob, the raging streams observed on the drive west convinced me to change my plans to something without any water crossings - enter Red Hill.

unfortunately, as I neared the trailhead, some thick clouds moved in. Heading up the Red Hill Trail, there was no sign of any blue sky behind the enterring clouds - not great for sunset prospects. The trail itself was in good shape - mostly dry, without any snow or ice, thanks to 60 degree temperatures.

Reaching the windy summit, there wasn't much in way of sunset colors - just some faint reds behind the Belknaps. The higher peaks of the Sandwich Range were hidden in some heavy clouds.

For the descent, I was able to make it almost to the upper gate before needing a headlamp.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:24 PM
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Red Hill
Ascent Commenced: 3:24 PM
Summit Reached: 3:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:33
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 2,033'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,398'
Hike Ended: 4:49 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:34
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,403'


Red Hill Trail trailhead
Red Hill Trail trailhead

Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Red Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Red Hill fire tower

Slight sunset colors behind the Belknap Range as seen from the Red Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Slight sunset colors behind the Belknap Range as seen from the Red Hill fire tower

Topographic map of Red Hill


Directions to trailhead: Take Red Hill Road (also signed as Sawmill Road in some places) north from Route 25 near Center Harbor. Parking area and trailhead are on the right shortly after passing Sibley Road on the left.

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