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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 Peg King Spur Trail
Looking up the Peg King Spur Trail

Route: Betty Steele Loop Trail, Peg King Spur Trail, (Great Hill), Peg King Spur Trail, Betty Steele Loop Trail

With not much time and mediocre weather again, I decided to try a new-to-me approach to Great Hill. Starting at 113A, I jogged down to the river and across a very nice bridge. From there, I took the west side of the Betty Steele Loop Trail. The trail was generally gradual, working its way through woods filled with big pine trees.

From the upper loop junction, I continued on the Peg King Spur Trail, which was generally gradual until a steady climb up to the fire tower. Though it had been pouring only an hour or two earlier, the fog was lifting in the immediate area, revealing nice views.

For the descent, I took the eastern branch of the Betty Steele Loop Trail, which was a little more rugged and lengthy than the west branch, just still generally tame.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:52 PM
Parking Elevation: 730'
Destination: Great Hill
Ascent Commenced: 4:52 PM
Summit Reached: 5:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 730'
Summit Elevation: 1,270'
Vertical Gain: 570'
Hike Ended: 5:41 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 650'


The Big Pines trailhead off Route 113A
The Big Pines trailhead off Route 113A

Looking northeast as fog lifts from south of Conway as seen from the Great Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast as fog lifts from south of Conway as seen from the Great Hill fire tower

Topographic map of Great Hill


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113A west from Tamworth village. The Big Pines area will eventually be on the left.

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