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OAK HILL - Concord, NH (Beginner Snowshoe/Hike)

Rescheduled from November 16, 2013 and from December 14, 2013 (Is that an OMEN?!)

I'm on a mission to get my darn Achilles into shape for a serious hike in the spring.  I'm posting a series of hikes of increasing difficulty.  Starting with peaks in the 1000 foot range, we'll progress from there...  I've never been to most of these places so please bring a sense of adventure as well as a sense of humor!  Pouring rain will cancel the meetup as will a snow storm, so please check your email for updates before you head out.

 

It goes without saying that you need to arrive on time, properly attired for the weather conditions, including hiking shoes/boots, no cotton clothing, walking stick (if desired), spikes or snowshoes, and bring plenty of water and a snack.  These are not long or difficult hikes, but you should be prepared nonetheless!

 

Oak Hill - Round Trip about 2.5 miles, approx. 1.5 hours hiking time

This hike is a mere 990 feet of elevation. 

 

 

http://www.summitpost.org/oak-hill/153674

"Oak Hill is a classic hike in the Concord, NH metro area. This hill receives a lot of attention by locals at all times of the year due to close proximity to the city of Concord as well as to Interstate I-93. The summit itself has no views, however there is a fire tower on top of the summit that has commanding views of western mountains in the Monadnock region, Mt. Kearsarge, Mt. Cardigan and some of the White Mountains up north.

For a long time the principle trail to the top of Oak Hill was the Oak Hill fire tower road. This 2.5 mile round trip hike is a walk up and generally has no views until the fire tower is reached. This trail can be reached on Oak Hill Road roughly four miles from I-93.

However recently the Concord Conservation Commission has added a number of new trails on the other side of Oak Hill. One trail [THIS IS THE ONE WE WILL TAKE] called the Tower Trail is a 1.25 mile one way hike to the summit of Oak Hill, is a much more desirable hike up to the summit. It is much more of a trail than a dirt road and feature a hemlock forest on the way up. Though slightly more challenging than the fire tower road, this trail is still very much a beginners trail. This trail be reached on Shaker Road roughly four miles north from I-93. Out of the two ways up I would highly recommend this way. There are plenty of other trails in this area, which make a loop hike very possible. Also there are some overlooks nearby....

...TO TOWER HILL TRAILHEAD: From Exit 16 on I-93 North make a right  and then an immediate left onto Mountain Rd. Take Mountain Rd roughly .2 miles (not far!) until you reach Shaker Road. Make a right on Shaker Road and head up two miles on Shaker Road. There will be a sign on the right side of the road marking the trailhead to the summit. "

 

After the hike, we can go to the Barley House in downtown Concord (across from the State House) for lunch!

 

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  • Marie S.

    Special thanks to Lynne and Kevin for leading the hike up Oak hill! They didn't even hesitate to help me out last minute! I'm feeling much better today and look forward to seeing you all soon!

    3 · December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Second that, though we haven't met, Marie :)

      1 · December 29, 2013

    • Lynne

      No problem Marie, we were happy to step in for you! Pics are now up. We definitely hope you are feeling better! :)

      December 29, 2013

  • Deb 0.

    This was my first time on this trail and the first time I've trekked to a Fire Tower - Fun! Good company.....

    December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Concur, lots of fun. Glad I finally make it to a hike, and look forward to more...if they're within reach! :)

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Lynne

    What a fun day! It was great to see everyone! I will post pics by Monday. :)

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great area, lots of trails

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • John d P

    Always a nice place to walk, first time in snow, though.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great 2 hour round trip from Shaker Road to the fire tower on a beautiful winter day.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • diane c.

    I have to pass for tomorrow, but hope to join in the near future.

    December 27, 2013

  • K

    I am a maybe

    December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please do more snowshoe walks! I am out if state and have to miss this event this time. Have fun! Missing your snow!

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I rented snowshoes for America's Stonehenge in
    Feb. Is it best to have my own for other winter walks? Santa wants to know.

    December 13, 2013

    • Marie S.

      Santa should be generous with some snowshoes this year then!

      December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      :-) good to know!

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot make the rescheduled date. Looking firward to walking in some snow or snowshoeing or XC skiing soon. Out if state for a while but will join first outdoor event I can. Thanks for advance notice.

    December 13, 2013

  • Tom

    I'm not certain the directions to the trailhead are correct. I don't think you stay on Mountain Road for 2 miles. According to my map, it is more like 1/8 mile before Shaker Road veers off to the right.

    November 11, 2013

    • Marie S.

      Looks like that to me as well! Glad you spotted that! I think the original poster must have left off a decimal point! I'll update the directions! Thank you!

      November 11, 2013

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