MOULTONBOROUGH — On Saturday, October 4, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) is offering a guided hike at the Red Hill Conservation Area in Moultonborough and Sandwich. The hike will depart promptly at 9 a.m. and will return at approximately 3 p.m. Participants will need to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to have time to check in and prepare for the hike.
Historical records show that the Cook family of Massachusetts first settled here in 1788. Under their stewardship, the land was farmed and pastured, and they welcomed visitors who climbed the summit to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in New England. Timothy Dwight, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau were among the many that visited the mountain and praised its view. Today Red Hill is one of the major conservation landmarks and most popular family hikes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. LRCT owns and stewards 2,650 acres of land on Red Hill, which has been noted since the 19th century for its panoramic views of Winnipesaukee, Squam, and the White Mountains.
The approximately 5-mile moderate to strenuous hike will follow the Fire Tower and Eagle Cliff trails. Participants will view historic sites of interest along the way, learn to identify signs of wildlife in this habitat-rich environment, and explore part of this conserved landscape with lead guide John Oliver, LRCT Property Adopter for the Red Hill Conservation Area.
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