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Oak Hill
Loudon, NH

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

Route: Oak Hill Summit Road, Unknown trail, Oak Hill Summit Road, (Oak Hill), Oak Hill Summit Road

After hiking the Uncanoonucs, my final hike of the day was Oak Hill.

Arriving at the beginning of the road, there were already a few vehicles lining Oak Hill Road. The road to the fire tower is signed (note that the mileage on the sign is roundtrip, not one way) and the road is mostly flat. At one point, there was a fork in the road, with a quasi-snowmobile path going to the right. Thinking perhaps this was a faster, more direct way (since it was going uphill), and not having a map, I decided to give it a try. No dice.

Back on the road, I reached the summit fairly quickly. The summit area features no views and a variety of random stuff. The views from the firetower were strong, especially from inside the cab.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Oak Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 1, 2008
Hike Commenced: 12:53 PM
Parking Elevation: 558'
Destination: Oak Hill
Ascent Commenced: 12:53 PM
Summit Reached: 1:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 568'
Summit Elevation: 990'
Vertical Gain: 462'
Hike Ended: 1:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:06
Hike Vertical Gain: 482'

The trailhead on Oak Hill Road
The trailhead on Oak Hill Road

Looking at Kearsarge Mountain from the Oak Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at Kearsarge Mountain from the Oak Hill fire tower

Directions to trailhead: From I-93 North in Concord, take Exit 16, taking a right off the ramp. At the subsequent junction, go straight onto Shawmut Street, which becomes Oak Hill Road. The gated Oak Hill Summit Road will eventually be on the left side of the road, with some room to park on the right shoulder of the road.

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