White Mountain National Forest - Deer Hill Network

This trail offers great views for a relatively small effort. The Deer Hills Trail is steep in places but short and pleasantly wooded, weaving through Hemlock forest. This trail receives moderate use and provides opportunities for solitude.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Hiking
Length
4.00 miles, Network
Difficulty
Advanced
Towns
Chatham (NH), Stow
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Deer Hills Trail crosses Cold River over a concrete dam before passing the junctions with Leach Link Trail and Deer Hills Bypass. The trail continues straight ahead and climbs moderately before crossing over ledges and reaching the summit of Little Deer Hill. There are two trails that descend to join the Deer Hills Bypass or continue on the Deer Hills Trail to the summit of Big Deer Hill. From the summit of Big Deer Hill the trail continues down the south ridge which provides several fine outlooks before meeting the junction with the Deer Hills Bypass. From here, take the Deer Hills Bypass to the Baldface Circle trailhead or continue south to the western terminus of the Deer Hill Trail on Deer Hill Road. There are several trails that access the Deer Hills, allowing for a multitude of loop opportunities of varying distances.

Trail Manager

Visit the White Mountain National Forest online for more information or contact:

White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest
33 Kancamagus Highway
Conway, NH 03818
Phone: (603) 447-5448
cristinbailey@fs.fed.us
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Trailhead Information

This trail can be accessed from the east or west, with the western trailhead being the most commonly used access.

Western Trailhead: Follow ME Route 113 either 17.5 miles north from Fryeburg or 12.5 miles south from Gilead, and look for the Baldface Circle Trailhead on the eastern side of the road. From here, the Deer Hill Connector links the parking lot with the Deer Hills Trail.

Eastern Trailhead: Take Windgan Road, which leaves ME Route 113, 0.7 miles south of the Baldface Circle Trailhead described above. Take Windgan Road east 1.3 miles (becomes Shell Pond Road/Evergreen Valley Road) to where the trail connects on the northern side of the road. Park on the side of the road.

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mstarkey
September 06, 2020
I did the loop from Little Deer Hill to Big Deer Hill and then back on the Deer Hill Bypass. It was beautiful, and I only saw two other pairs of hikers and one mountain biker. My dog loved wading in the creek. Beautiful views at the top, especially given the short time to get there (took me an hour to get to the top of Big Deer Hill, and I'm pretty out of shape).
travischim
May 17, 2020
They say this trail is closed due to people not social distancing, along with many other trails in the white mountains. So the solution is to close half the trails? Wouldn't that make the few trails that are open overcrowded? Also, they closed this Maine trail when there were less than 50 covid deaths. Now I have to cross state lines into NH and self quarantine for 2 weeks to get some exercise on a new trail in the white mountains. Please note that in Oxford county retail stores are allowed to open now. Whoever made this decision is either trying to pull some monkey business, or they are really dumb.
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