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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

Seeing some clearer areas northwest of town, I decided to do a sunset hike in the rain to the Great Hill firetower. Greeting me at the parking lot were a dozen deer flies - despite running all the way to the tower, the deer flies kept up with me - very vexing. Fortunately, they must be scared of heights, as they didn't follow me above the first flight of stairs.

While areas to the east and south were socked in, the west and northwest were somewhat clear - good news for seeing a sunset! Despite the rain, I was able to stay fairly dry, thanks to the fire tower roof over my head.

Sure enough, as I descended after the sun set, the deer flies found me one by one, resulting in a very annoying run back to the parking area.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Hike Commenced: 7:50 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,020'
Destination: Great Hill
Ascent Commenced: 7:50 PM
Summit Reached: 7:56 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,025'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Vertical Gain: 250'
Hike Ended: 8:26 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 260'

Trailhead to Great Hill summit

The sunset over the shoulder of Mt. Whiteface

Sunset colors over Sandwich Mountain and Mt. Whiteface

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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