Red Hill is another Lakes Region classic and a family friendly hike. Even in the winter, it can be easily done in a 1/2 day with a minimal amount of experience.
View from the Summit of Red Hill, New Hampshire
Continuing with my hikes and exploration of the Lakes Region, I turned north and headed to Center Harbor, New Hampshire. Red Hill is a small monadnock at the northwestern end of Lake Winnipesaukee. It rises almost like a small volcano. This little mountain has intrigued me as I've driven by it on my way to several other adventures and after hiking Mt Belknap, I had time to spare. As it turns out, the hike is only 3 miles, roundtrip. Although it is a steep hike, it is another great 1/2 day option and I imagine its great during any time of year. Here is an excellent map of the hike.
Great fire tower lookout at the summit!
Well there's not much more to say about hiking directions other than park at the parking lot and hike a steep 1.5 miles to the summit! The trail was well cut in the winter when I did it and it appears that many people love to hike this summit all year. It is an attractive location for a first winter hike and considering its only 3 miles total, that's a good bang for your buck Although there were no views along the way, the summit was great-
Frozen Lake Winne!
Another great view from the Fire Tower
I'm impressed! I've been spending so much time in the Whites and Greens that I forget there are other mountains in New England that are worthy of a day trip or extended weekend. I'm glad I got the chance to hike this great little summit! Read. Plan. Get Out There!