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Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails

Southern Lakes Region, New Hampshire

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Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails

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  • The trailhead kiosk at the large parking area. - Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • A few signs along the way provide direction and mileage.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • The trail near the beginning of the hike.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • There are many flowers along the trail in the warmer months.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • A section where the trail has been rerouted is clearly signed.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • A kiosk at the junction where the Cabin Trail and Red Hill Trail split.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Red columbine along the trail.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Much of the Cabin Trail ascends gradually with good footing.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • An old hunting cabin on the Cabin Trail.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Pink lady's slipper beside the trail.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Looking up at the Red Hill Fire Tower.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • The fire tower steps lead to an amazing view.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • View from the fire tower.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Looking down at Red Hill's summit from the tower.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Lake Winnipesaukee from Red Hill.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • Mount Chocorua is one of many mountains seen from the top.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
  • A picnic table provides a seat with a view.- Red Hill Fire Tower via Red Hill + Cabin Trails
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Fire tower. Easy to follow trail. Loop option.
Cons: 
Dirt road access.
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Region:
Southern Lakes Region, NH
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
670 ft (204 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,350 ft (411 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Clear throughout the day.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Wed

Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Thu

Clear throughout the day.
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Fri

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
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Sat

Partly cloudy until evening.
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Sun

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Red Hill is a very popular family-friendly hike with a lot of history and an incredible view. The mountain’s landscape has changed over time from a Native American hunting ground to cleared pastures and farmland to a wooded hillside with a recreation trail. The Massachusetts Cook family moved to the mountain in 1788 and ran a bed and breakfast for visitors in the 1800s. Some of their well-known guests included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau.

The Red Hill Trail heads into the woods for approximately 0.3 mile and reaches a junction where the Cabin Trail splits off. You’ll notice this junction is wooded, but the large sign indicates this was once cleared as part of the Horne family homestead in the 1800s. Choose either trail to the summit, as both have similar distances and grades, and return via the other to make a pleasant loop. There’s an old hunting cabin along the Cabin Trail and a steel fire tower on the top of the hill. The fire tower was built in the late 1920s and was funded by a seasonal resident who donated $1,175 for its construction. The tower was used by the local fire department to watch for fires in the surrounding region, and in 2003 this tower was added to the National Historic Lookout Register.

Much of the summit is wooded, so the fire tower provides the 360-degree view overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. Many of New Hampshire’s popular mountains are visible, including Mount Major, Mount Cardigan, and Mount Chocorua. Several of the New Hampshire 4,000-footers can also been seen, including Mount Moosilauke, Mount Carrigain, Whiteface, and Passaconaway. Keep an eye out for big game, such as moose, bear, and deer, as well as many species of birds that live in the area.

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