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Brier Hill
Tuftonboro, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the woods rood to Brier Hill
Looking down the woods rood to Brier Hill

Though the forecast looked pretty poor, the satellite imagery nonetheless looked more promising. Thus, I decided to take my chances with a somewhat local sunset hike.

Arriving at the beginning of the woods road, I didn't have much room to park (even with my tires in the ditch). Perhaps in the future I'll try the other side of the road.

The woods road at first cuts through the large field, at a slight angle, before taking a sharp turn to the right (south, just before entering the woods). From there, the road takes a turn to the left (another woods road exits right) and heads uphill at a moderate pace, soon passing a communication tower and then narrowing a bit.

After climbing at a barely moderate pace, the road takes a dip into a wet area, prior to climbing again and then taking another small dip. Just after that dip, I took a right onto another woods road that headed up to the summit at a gradual to moderate pitch. As I ascended, I could see, through the trees, Big Ball Mountain behind me (I have eyes in the back of my head apparently) and Dan Hole Pond to my left (I have eyes in the side of my head too, apparently).

Reaching the somewhat ledgy summit area, I was just about ready to be let down by partially obstructed views of the lake. However, I followed a short, feint herd path downhill (southwesternish) to a wide open ledge area.

From here, the views were tremendous - a good 180 degrees worth, ranging from south to north. The Belknaps were particularly impressive from this angle and elevation.

The sunset, though not spectacular, was nonetheless decent considering the weather forecast. While there were some dark clouds and snow flurries obstructing it a bit, there were still some decent colors along the horizon.

Not a bad little hike - if snowbanks don't appear soon, I may check it out again.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, November 11, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:31 PM
Parking Elevation: 750'
Destination: Brier Hill
Ascent Commenced: 3:31 PM
Summit Reached: 3:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 750'
Summit Elevation: 1,319'
Vertical Gain: 589'
Hike Ended: 4:37 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:06
Hike Vertical Gain: 609'

Trailhead to the woods road to Brier Hill
Trailhead to the woods road to Brier Hill

The Belknap Range as seen from Brier Hill - Click to enlarge
The Belknap Range as seen from Brier Hill

Sunset colors as seen from near the summit of Brier Hill - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from near the summit of Brier Hill

Topographic map of Brier Hill

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 171 south from Route 109 in Moultonboro. Shortly after passing the Mt. Shaw Trail trailhead (which is south of the Castle in the Clouds entrance and the Bald Knob Trail trailhead at the Tuftonboro border), there will be a large field with two houses in it on the left (and a communications tower visible a bit above the field). The woods road begins at the southern end of the field at a break in the stonewall. Route 171 is rather narrow in this area, so roadside parking is very tight.

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