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Red Hill

Length: 3.4 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 1350 feet

Rating (click for info): 7/10

Elevation: 2030'

Prominence: 1380'

Best Time to Visit:
Visit on a calm, clear day.

Driving Directions:
Parking is on Red Hill Road in Moultonborough, NH. Take Bean Road from Rt. 25, 150 feet north of the junction of Rt. 25 and Rt. 25B in Center Harbor. Go 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Sibley Road. Continue 1.1 miles and turn left onto Red Hill Road. The parking area is on the right in 0.2 miles. If there is no space to park, drive up the path to the smaller upper parking area.

About the Hike:
Red Hill is the dominant natural feature between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. The fire tower on its cleared, grassy summit commands panoramic views of both lakes from relatively nearby. The hike is entirely on a mostly gradual jeep road. Red Hill Trail leaves the upper parking area and immediately begins climbing on a rocky jeep road. In 0.1 miles, turn right to stay on this trail as Red Hill Loop Trail continues straight. Soon, it joins a brook and crosses it on a bridge. Another old road joins from the right, and after 0.4 miles, turn left at a cellar hole and kiosk as this road continues straight. The trail then makes a long, curving climb up the mountainside. After one mile, pass Red Hill Loop Trail again on the left. Just before reaching the summit, the trail passes Eagle Cliff Trail on the left, goes by the fire warden's cabin, and emerges in a grassy clearing. There is one picnic table in front of a limited view to the south. The tower is on the other side of the clearing. From the tower deck, there is a wonderful view in all directions, encompassing the Belknap, Osipee, and Squam Ranges around the extensive lake country; the Sandwich Range looms to the north, with the pinnacle of Mt. Chocorua in full view.

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