HIKES & EVENTS

Red Hill Hike

Half Day Hike

DATE: Nov 26, 2022
END DATE: Nov 26, 2022

Hike/Event Location: Moultonborough NH

Trip Leader(s)


Gandalf
Thornton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Manchester, NH United States

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Max # People: 12

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate

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Summary

Bring your turkey sandwiches and join GayOutdoors for a hike up to the Red Hill fire tower summit via the Teedie and Eagle Cliff trails in the heart of the Lakes Region!

The views from the fire tower on this 2,030 foot peak are some of the best in the Lakes Region! The fire tower on its cleared summit commands panoramic views of both Lake Winnipesauke and Squam Lake.

Our hike, which will be a little over 5 miles and 1,750 feet elevation gain, is a hike up and back via the Eagle Cliff Trail that provides excellent views of Squam Lake and the Squam Range from Eagle Cliff itself. This route does have some steeper ledges at the start. For the return, we’ll bypass the ledges on the way down using the Teedie Trail.

Hikers must have proper cold weather gear (hat, mittens/gloves, fleece jacket, outer shell, rain gear, winter hiking boots and TRACTION/MicroSpikes) as well as water, snacks and a packed lunch. We expect to encounter ice and possibly snow at this time of year. This is a great hike for those who want to get in shape for winter hiking or those 3 season hiker who might want to try hiking in colder weather. Safety is our major concern and if conditions get icy we will use the Teedie for both ways.

Social Mixer: Following the hike, everyone is welcome back at our house in Waterville Valley, socialize around our fireplace and enjoy dinner! It's BYOB and it costs $10 per person. 

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and Saturday night. Its $25 dollars for Friday night and $25 for Saturday night. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. We have 4 bunks available so the first 4 guys that contact us to reserve will get one; and let us know which night[s] you’ll be lodging with us. You’re on your own for dinner Friday night but you’re welcome to use our kitchen facilities to cook!  

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Trailhead is on Bean Road in Sandwich, NH. Bean Road leaves the northwest side of Rt. 25, adjacent (to the northeast) to the junction with Rt. 25B. The trailhead is 4.6 miles up Bean Road, on the right. The trail is marked with a small trail sign and there is a small pull-off immediately before. It is located in the middle of a section of the road which runs close to the shore of Squam Lake. Bean Road can also be accessed from the north, from Center Sandwich, where it is known as Squam Lake Road. It leaves the southwest side of Rt. 113, just northwest of the junction with Rt. 109. It is 3.5 miles from Center Sandwich to the trailhead (which is on the left). We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma.

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States
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mecyclingrunner

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


LEWISTON, ME


United States
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regularguyma

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


BOSTON, MA


United States
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Tortuga

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Dover, VT


United States
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tdefauw

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Plymouth, NH


United States
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jkelaghan

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Plymouth, NH


United States
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liketodo

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Boston, MA


United States
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Gandalf Posted Nov 25, 2022 at 10:04 AM

We are finding trail conditions to have a coating of snow with icy patches so Micro Spikes required unless you want to be grabbing trees all day long to prevent yourself from slipping, falling and hurting yourself! High temperature on the summit will be 40 degrees and sunny so we’ll have awesome views!

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