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Trip Log


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

Still plenty of snow in them there hills after this week's rains.

First few tenths of a mile of trail was mostly snow free. Consistent snowpack started around 1,000 feet in elevation, initially a few inches, then more along the line of 6". Around 1,900 feet in elevation, snowpack was 6-12" of spring snow.

This trail gets steady foot traffic, so I was able to bareboot in spring conditions late this afternoon. I do suspect that temperatures could get low enough overnight to firm up the soft ice and thus make carrying Microspikes a good idea if venturing up tomorrow morning. If planning to bushwhack in the upper elevations in the Lakes Region, I suspect snowshoes will be a good idea.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 25, 2014
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Red Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 2,033'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,398'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:04
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,403'

Red Hill Trail trailhead
Red Hill Trail trailhead

The Belknaps from the Red Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
The Belknaps from the Red Hill fire tower

The sunset from the Red Hill fire tower - Click to enlarge
The sunset from the Red Hill fire tower

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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