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Great Hill
Tamworth, NH

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

Looking up the trail to Great Hill

My next Great Hill assignment was to see a sunset. That is exactly what I did.

With the days getting shorter and shorter, I had just about enough time to change and hit the trailhead just before the sunset. I was the first person to ascend after the few inches of snow the previous night. Fortunately, the trail had been packed by hikers, skiers and snowmobilers, so there was no postholing beyond breaking through a thin crust of ice into two inches of powder.

Upon reaching the tower, the sky was already filling with color. Mt. Chocorua was especially neat looking, as the rock portion was all white.

The sunset was pretty good - though it ended a bit earlier due to some clouds. Nonetheless, not a bad place to see a sunset.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Hike Commenced: 3:42 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,020'
Destination: Great Hill
Ascent Commenced: 3:42 PM
Summit Reached: 3:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 1,025'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Vertical Gain: 250'
Hike Ended: 4:18 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 260'

Trailhead to Great Hill summit

Looking at Mt. Chocorua from the Great Hill firetower

The sunset as seen from the Great Hill firetower

Directions to trailhead: Take Great Hill Road from Tamworth Village. Parking area a few miles up once road turns to dirt. Trail to firetower starts at orange gate on uphill side of parking area.

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