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Trail Conditions

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 down the Red Hill Trail
Looking down the Red Hill Trail

Route: Red Hill Trail

Was hoping the footbed would soften up in the afternoon sun, but the footing was pretty awkward for the first few tenths of a mile due to the thaw and refreeze - lots of shallow slush postholes. Above the chain, the footbed was a bit better, but still frozen granular and ice. I was able to bareboot for the ascent, but opted for Microspikes for the descent. Skipped the gully and instead took the snowmobile trail down low, which had much better footing. Snowpack down low is maybe 2-3", increasing to maybe 6-10" up high. Signs of boot use of Red Hill Loop Trail and Eagle Cliff Trail.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Red Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 2,033'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,398'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:07
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,403'

Red Hill Trail trailhead
Red Hill Trail trailhead

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