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Oak Hill (Washington)

Length: 1.6 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 400 feet (-50 feet)

Rating (click for info): 6/10

Elevation: 1950'

Prominence: 335'

Driving Directions:
Trailhead is on Faxon Hill Road in Washington, NH. Faxon Hill Road leaves Rt. 31 9.2 miles north of Rt. 9 and 8.9 miles south of Rt. 10. The trailhead is at a wooden gate 1.7 miles down the road, on the left side.

About the Hike:
Little effort is required to enjoy the spectacular view found on the cleared summit of this small mountain. Oak Hill offers a nearly 360 degree view encompassing several lakes. The trail is part of the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, a popular 40-mile trail that traverses many peaks from Mt. Monadnock to Mt. Sunapee. The trail starts at a wooden gate and follows a wide dirt path into an open field. It descends gradually, then swings through a small band of trees, passing a kiosk. It crosses a stream on the other side, then begins climbing. After 0.4 miles, it emerges in a huge logged clearing. The trail climbs through the open field, sometimes overgrown and steep, until it reaches the summit at a small grove of oak trees. To the north, you can see the mountains around Pillsbury State Park, including Lovewell Mountain and Mt. Sunapee. To the east, the terrain is mostly flat. To the south, you look out to distant hills in the Monadnock Region, including Mt. Monadnock itself. To the west, you look out over several lakes to Vermont. To see in all directions, you will need to move around the summit. Some directions are partially blocked by trees.

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