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Red Hill
Moultonborough, NH

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

Route: Red Hill Trail

The weather forecast for the weekend looked terrible - rain, clouds, etc. Late Saturday morning, I checked the satellite imagery and saw a large clearing moving in from Vermont. Sure enough, around lunchtime the clouds moved out and revealed a nice sunny day. Not knowing how long this would last, I decided to do something local.

Wanting to bareboot, I put my snowshoes on my pack and headed up the trail. Significant portions of the lower part of the trail had thawed out, but by and large it was still mostly spring snow. As long as I stayed on the packed snow monorail in the middle of the trail, there was no postholing.

There were minimal winds up on the fire tower, making for pleasant viewing. While Winnipesaukee and points to the west were cloudy, the views of the Sandwich Range were strong.

The good weather continued to hold, allowing me to return to the trailhead under mostly sunny skies.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hike Commenced: 1:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 635'
Destination: Red Hill
Ascent Commenced: 1:01 PM
Summit Reached: 1:52 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:51
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 2,033'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,398'
Hike Ended: 2:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:48
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,408'

Red Hill Trail trailhead
Red Hill Trail trailhead

Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Red Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Red Hill fire tower

Topographic map of Red Hill

Directions to trailhead: Take Red Hill Road (also signed as Sawmill Road in some places) north from Route 25 near Center Harbor. Parking area and trailhead are on the right shortly after passing Sibley Road on the left.

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