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!
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