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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

Route: Red Hill Trail, (Red Hill), Red Hill Trail, Red Hill Loop Trail, Red Hill Trail

While I had planned to stay in due to the hot, hazy, and somewhat humid weather, I ended up heading over to Red Hill in hopes of finally hiking the loop trail. My previous attempt in the winter had been unsuccessful, as I had lost the trail partway down and ended up taking an old logging road the balance of the way.

Arriving at the parking area, I was somewhat surprised to see the lower lot was full - fortunately the upper lot had some space remaining.

I was a bit annoyed at the start, as I picked up a deerfly or two. While I was tempted to bag it, I continued on at a moderate pace. While I tend to find the trail a bit tedious due to the middle section having multiple curves that resemble each other (false hope at being close to the final ascent), this particular time it passed rather quickly. Soon I was arriving at an empty summit. While the views were hazy, the Belknaps and Sandwich Range were still easily seen.

After looking at the views from the cab of the fire tower for awhile, we descended and took the Red Hill Loop Trail (currently marked with a blank wooden sign, as the paper map has been ripped off). While I already knew the top portion was scenic, I was surprised to see that a second area from near there was also rather scenic. The trade off is that, after passing down the somewhat steep sections with some loose dirt footing, the bottom section of the trail is a fairly flat snowmobile road with ups and downs - if not for that, I think I'd use the loop trail both ways in the future, as the loop trail is much more scenic than the regular Red Hill Trail.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:44 PM
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Red Hill
Ascent Commenced: 3:44 PM
Summit Reached: 4:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 2,033'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,393'
Hike Ended: 5:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:06
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,443'

Red Hill Trail trailhead

Looking up the Red Hill Loop Trail

Looking over Deer Hill at Lake Winnipesaukee from the Red Hill fire tower

Directions to trailhead: Take Red Hill Road 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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