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Milan Hill
Milan, NH

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

Heading up to the Milan Hill summit

Giving my knee a break, I decided to take a ride up north to the Gorham/Berlin area. Figuring a few hundred vertical feet wouldn't be a problem, I decided to hike up to the Milan Hill firetower.

Since its located in a state park, I figured Milan Hill would be crowded on a sunny Memorial Day weekend. Not the case - the gate was locked and there was not a soul to be seen.

There were no maps posted, so I proceeded through the gate and up the paved road. Just past a cabin there was a fork in the road - with no obvious signs. Just for the heck of it, I decided to go to the left and was soon at the firetower.

Despite the haze, the views from the firetower were still rather strong - Old Speck to the east, Mt. Washington to the south, and Long Mountain to the northwest.

My knee was sore from the getgo - on recent hikes (though none done on consecutive days since the full onset of the injury), I was able to do the ascent pain free. As a result, I'm likely going to shut it down altogether for a few weeks and see if extended rest helps heal things up.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 26, 2007
Hike Commenced: 1:14 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,525'
Destination: Milan Hill
Ascent Commenced: 1:14 PM
Summit Reached: 1:24 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 1,525'
Summit Elevation: 1,737'
Vertical Gain: 212'
Hike Ended: 1:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:24
Hike Vertical Gain: 212'

Gate on the Milan Hill Fire Tower Road

Looking northwest at Long Mountain from the Milan Hill lookout tower.

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North to Route 110B West. The Milan Hill State Park entrance will be on the left. There may be an entrance fee during peak season - otherwise, there is some room to park outside the gate.

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