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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
Looking up the trail to Great Hill

While I had anticipated taking another afternoon off from hiking due to a less than optimal weather forecast, I decided to change my plans when I went to the post office and transfer station - the Sandwich Range was capped in snow! While I want more snowfree weather, the sight of snow this early is still certainly an almost welcome novelty.

Thus, on my way back, I headed up to Great Hill for a brief hike to the fire tower. Though some places are leaf-free at this point, the foliage along the trail (road) up to Great Hill was still quite nice.

The views from the fire tower were excellent - a white Mt. Chocorua was shining in the sun, while Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway were quite possibly getting additional snow from a hanging cloud.

Not bad for a day off from hiking!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:13 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,020'
Destination: Great Hill
Ascent Commenced: 4:13 PM
Summit Reached: 4:19 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,025'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Vertical Gain: 250'
Hike Ended: 4:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 260'

Trailhead to Great Hill summit
Trailhead to Great Hill summit

A snow covered Mt. Chocorua as seen Great Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
A snow covered Mt. Chocorua as seen Great Hill fire tower

Topographic map of Great Hill

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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