Red Hill Hike
Half Day Hike DATE: 11/26/2022 - 11/26/2022
Trip/Event Location: Moultonborough, NH
Max # People: 12
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
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...
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.
Today we hiked to Eagle Cliff and Red Hill (2,030 feet) in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We arrived at the trailhead on Bean Road around 10:00 a.m. We took the lesser used route to Red Hill, the 5.2-mile round trip hike via Eagle Cliff Trail.
We started with bare dry ground and higher up we had patches of ice that were challenging to get up. A couple guys took the Bypass while the rest of us stayed on the main trail. We went off trail and followed herd paths around the rocky scrambles that had some ice flows. One of the highlights was the ledge at Eagle Cliff, which provides sweeping views of Squam Lake and the Sandwich Range!
The initial climb is quite steep, but beyond Eagle Ledge the trail becomes easy with good footing. After climbing Eagle Cliff, we reached the intersection of the Teedie Trail where the trail was frozen granular so we put on Micro Spikes for the rest of the way to Red Hill. The remainder is a pleasant woodland walk (about 2 miles) to the summit of Red Hill. It was a beautiful winter like day with bright sun reflecting off the snow and an achingly blue sky. The views were fantastic throughout due to it being stick season -loved the vistas of Squam Lake through the trees!
Nearing the summit, we walked out in the open next to the fire warden’s cabin and storage cabin, and the Red Hill fire tower. We climbed the tower to the platform just under the locked cab. We bundled against the cold breeze. Squam Lakes Association has provided excellent signage on all four points of direction, labeling all peaks. The 360-degree view was great. The summit provided grand views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Mount Moosilauke Squam Range and Squam Lake; plus, Sandwich Ranges, Tripyramids, Whiteface, Passaconaway, Mt. Chocorua and the Ossipee Range!
We sat on a picnic table for lunch. Thad and Joe were kind enough to carry up a couple of thermoses of hot chocolate with mugs to share with everyone! Red Hill summit was quiet and we had it mostly to ourselves.
We returned the way we had come, the Eagle Cliff Trail. Much of the snow had melted so Micro Spikes were no longer essential but we kept them on. We took a left and descended the Teedie Trail with interesting stone walls along the way. The road walk back to the car went by quickly.
Many of us returned back to our house to soak our tired muscles in the hot tub, chill out by fireplace and enjoyed a delicious lasagna dinner prepared by Jon. Yum!
This was one of the best days ever for a hike here - temperature was good, lake views couldn't have been better and the groups of guys enjoyable! Red Hill is well worth many more visits.
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- It was so nice to be out on a beautiful day with old friends and some new friends. Fantastic view and good company..really enjoyed the day.Thanks Mike & Jon and thanks everyone! - liketodo
liketodo Nov 28, 2022 at 6:45 AM
Comment: It was so nice to be out on a beautiful day with old friends and some new friends. Fantastic view and good company..really enjoyed the day.Thanks Mike & Jon and thanks everyone!