NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
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.
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Red Hill Trail trailhead
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
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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