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Red Hill via Eagle Cliff Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Center Sandwich, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,876 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Running Forest Views Rocky Snow
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Heather Algozzine
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike. More difficult in the beginning but then easy to moderate for the rest of the way. Nice views early in the hike then mostly in the forest. Beautiful views up by the fire tower.

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Thomas Algozzine
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Lots of people at the fire tower; but otherwise fairly minimal traffic.

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Mikhail Begoun
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Encountered a bear with cubs! Was a surprise, and they ran away. But be aware and make noise if you hike alone. I met just a few people on Sunday afternoon. The trail is a bit hard even for a frequent hiker. Nice views of the lakes from the ledges in the first third of the way, and from the summit. The rest is in the forrest.

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Steve Singer
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Hiking

not difficult. views just ok

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Lori J
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Hiking

Nice views.

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Elijah Garrison
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Hiking

Nice climb, I brought the baby in the backpack so decided to take the bypass instead of going up the ledges. Moderate hike with one somewhat challenging section. Dog friendly as long as they do well with overlooks. Easy access via Bean Rd. Great view of Squam Lake! Such a beautiful, minimally developed area.

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Anna Whitney
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Hiking

Very nice trail with some good views at the beginning and great views from the top of the fire tower! The trail is in good condition but a little overgrown towards the top. It is a great trail for running and there are a few “false peaks” and some switchbacks, but overall a really great hike!

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Mark Eiler
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Hiking

Pretty much the same conditions that Gwen reported 5 days ago. Great hiking weather today with a little wind especially at the top of the fire tower so no bugs to deal with today. Enjoy the views.

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Gwen Purssell
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Hiking

Completed this hike on such a perfect day. There’s muddy sections before you get to the ledges to climb up, but then it’s dry the rest of the way. The views of Squam Lake are beautiful from this trail (blazed yellow). Extremely well marked. Walking through the forest was a bit boring, but once you get to the fire tower, the views are worth it. I took the ledges on the way up, but took the bypass on the way down. It appears there’s two ways to go through the bypass as there were red markings on the trees, but it looked like it just went steeply down, and I didn’t feel like slipping on leaves so I took the yellow on the way down. My only real complaint on the entire hike was that the trees are bare so there’s not much shade, wear sunscreen and bring extra if you’re super susceptible to turning into a lobster like me.

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J VE
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Jeff Chamberlain
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HikingSnow

Well marked. Views off eagle cliff are nice. Summit wouldn’t be much to look at without the fire tower. Definitely moderate. There is a small section in the 2nd half of the first mile, “ledges trail,” that warrants the “hard” rating but other than that this is a moderate trail. Still 6-8” of snow in the last 1.5 miles up top which I wasn’t expecting. Didn’t necessarily need the microspikes but they helped with a quick descent.

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Stephanie Schmid
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John Thomson
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Hiking

Gorgeous views, we only had a little bit of time, so we stopped at Eagle Cliffs. Totally worth it!

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E Martin
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Hiking

I would rate this trail as moderate. The veiw from Eagle Cliff of Squam Lake is fantastic! The hike over to red hill was a little boring but the view from the fire tower was worth it. The bugs were not bad, let's face it your on a mountain there will be bugs. We did not use or need any bug spray.

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Wendel Brueckner
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HikingBugsNo shade

So, I liked the hike itself. It starts off steep, which gets you breathing heavy without any prior warm up. We did bail on it though bc by a mile in I had swallowed half a dozen black flies and twice as many stuck in my eye. We were hoping it would get better as elevation separated us from the lake, but it didn’t. Just nonstop swarms- and this is with wearing picardin lotion, AND those bug bracelet bands. So yes, I would come back to do this, but on some type of bug free day- windy, rainy, cold, etc... There isn’t a lot of shade, so even on a 70 degree day like today, it was warm.

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Lindsay Mitchell
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Backpacking

Great hike, definitely more moderate level than hard...absolutely fantastic views!!! Took us about 2.5 hours of actual hiking tound trip...the fire tower at the top is a great spot to take some photos. Less trafficked trail than Mount Morgan, where we actually were planning on hiking but it was completely packed for parking-this trail is only 8 minutes from Mount Morgan/Mount Percival...Highly recommended!!

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Owl Magic
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Going up Eagle Cliffs was the best part of this trail. The rest of the trail went up and down too many times to make the fire tower worth it. The parking area is just a pull off on the road.

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Dominik Sierzega
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Hiking

Pretty solid. First portion (3/4 mile or so) was the most difficult/steep and had the best views. After that it levels out for the most part. At the end of Eagle Cliff you stay on Red Hill for a hundred feet or so until you hit the tower. Definitley climb up the tower and soak in the views. For whatever reason the trail map on this site also has you do the entire Red Hill trail which is a waste of time. I'd recommend just taking Eagles Cliff back down as opposed to doing another out and back with Red Hill. There are no views and you just go straight to a parking lot. So in reality if you do Eagles Cliff and only a hundred feet or so of Red Hill just to get to the tower the entire hike will be around 4 to 5 miles. Overall I'd consider this a moderate hike as opposed to difficult.

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AJ Chorlian
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The views are incredible! The hike had decent elevation with some definite challenges at some spots, but all together was straightforward and has a great reward at the top! The fire tower can be climbed and provides an amazing view. Lots of diversity in the trail and also spotting of random wildlife. The trail provides lots of fantastic spots to sit and gaze at Lake Squam below. A phenomenal hike!

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Mara Sievers
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Hiking

Absolutely spectacular. One of my absolute favorites. The Eagle Cliff trail has one section that will require the use of hands on steep ledges, but you can choose the bypass instead. I took the bypass on the decent. The first 0.5 miles are steep and get you to an amazingly close view of Squam Lake very quickly. The rest of the trail is less challenging and less steep until you reach Red Hill with the Fire tower. Amazing 360 degree view from the top of the tower. Took me 95 min to get to top, 75 to descend.

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Stacey Bogert
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Nice, challenging trail.... reward: tower view! Enjoy!!

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Joanne Harrington
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Hiking

This hike had a few areas that were rocky and lots of tree roots. It was a good workout too. As you climb up, you can choose the bypass route which is far less rocky than the alternative ledges route. We took the ledges route back down and it was slow going in a few spots. This trail is very buggy even with strong bug spray which was a negative. The views from Red Hill are great and you should climb the fire tower, you can see so much further from the top of the tower. When you get to Eagle Cliff and continue on to Red Hill, the markers are on the rocks and a little faded. Up until that point, all the markers were posted to the trees and the trail was very well marked. Once you get through the short section with the faded markers, the markers on the trees resume.

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Geerail Neiman
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Hiking

Surprised at the rating of "hard". I would rate the hike as moderate. It is a good climb, with a nice view from the fire tower at the top. Nice reward.

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John McRae
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Trail run up Eagle cliff trail (difficult). And then across to Red Hill Fire tower.

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Kyle Lessard
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This hike was really really easy , if your looking for a harder/ steeper hike this is not the one . the terrain is very flat and straight forward . took me less than an hour up to red hill . Although the view at the top is pretty sweet with the surrounding lakes

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Bridgett S
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Hiking

Great 360 view of lakes and surrounding area from the tower.

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