It was about 50° when we started our hike, but the sun was warm, and that woke up the bugs. The information on this site may freely be used for personal purposes but may not be replicated on other websites or publications. Moosilauke is an incredible winter hike. Continue straight up Beaver Brook Trail and after 0.4 mile, bear right to stay on Beaver Brook Trail while Asquam Ridge Trail goes left. Mt. While there weren’t any views to be seen there, we did see some nice vistas on the way up. Mt. We chose to make the ascent from the Gorge Brook Trail, you guessed it – because it is the easier of the ascents. I don’t call it much of a reward when I get to the top and I’m so cold we turn around and book it down almost immediately. Right next to the trail you'll find the Dartmouth Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Adventure: Mt. Mount Moosilauke is found on the western most part of the White Mountains in Brenton, New Hampshire. MODERATE 7.2 mile hike (4.5 hours) The mountain itself is high, but so is the starting point, so the total elevation gain is manageable. That means we pretty much have to do peakbags over six weekends before we call it quits in early November. Even in the steady drizzle, these slick bridges were no problem. Just 4 miles long and gaining roughly 3,300 feet in elevation to Moosilauke’s summit, the Glencliff Trail is a fantastic way to explore the southwest side of Moosilauke. Park in front of this sign heading back to Ravine Rd. Yes and no. The trip down was via Gorge Brook Trail, but there is an option of taking the Carriage Road/ Snapper Trail to make a loop hike. The weather was beautiful and the ride up Rt. name (wikipedia): Mount Moosilauke. Blue's summit, you will reach the junction with Benton Trail. It burned down in 1942. Mt. Black flies hit us for the first time here. Unlike Moosilauke’s other subsidiary-peaks, South Peak and Mt Jim, Mount Blue is a bushwhack, or at least I thought so until I found an obvious herd path to the summit canister. It’s actually probably a little faster if you walk down the service road and into the lodge because the trail swings around the lodge and then picks up with Gorge Brook proper. The Gorge Brook Trailhead is located right next to the very impressive, recently rebuilt Moosilauke Ravine Lodge owned and operated by. Snapper Ski Trail - Originally built as for skiing, this trail was named for Ed "Snapper" Harris who worked on the trails at Moosilauke for many years. If you read anything about Moosilauke via Gorge Brook you’ll read varying perspectives – some saying it’s super easy that those with any physical fitness at all can do it, while others call it a very challenging hike. ME 4000 Footers. By Richard Kipphut. name (TrailsNH): Mount Moosilauke NH. Moosilauke Hike on the Carriage Road On April 19, 2016 April 19, 2016 By careofmon In Hiking Sunday of this past weekend, my husband Jon, Mizpah, and I headed up to NH for a hike. Another October comes to New England and with it my dad, sister, and I hit the trails again continuing our trek across the New Hampshire 48s. VT 4000 Footers. Moosilauke welcomes northbound AT hikers to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the gradual ascent via the Glencliff Trail is a gracious host. The mountains are more sheer; rock spires thrusting out of evergreen seas. I had seen pictures of the near moonscape-like tundra summit and the boost of 360 degree views of pretty much every mountain range in the Whites. Return to the Lodge by the same route. Hover your mouse over images in order to see captions. In several places the trail crosses over the Gorge Brook river, but the DOC has maintained small, wobbling, footbridges that making the crossings very easy. Moosilauke has several trails leading up to it's bald summit; ranging from long and strenuous to easy and meandering. Parking for hikers is before the fork (right for turnaround, left for lodge). What most of the Carriage trail looks like. It’s also fairly short, a 7.4 mile round trip hike from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge trail entrance, up Gorge Brook and then down the other side on the Carriage Trail and Snapper Trail. But more on that later. Head up the very steep path alongside the beautiful Beaver Brook Cascades. We were joined this hike by a familiar face – my uncle’s girlfriend who joined us for our trip up. Follow Beaver Brook Trail for 3.8 miles all the way to the summit of Mount Moosilauke and descend using the same route. Mount Moosilauke and South Peak Loop is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Glencliff, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. Mousilauke – 4,802 ft. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. All are welcome to stay in one of the lodges “rustic bunkhouses” for $35 a night. Others say it really dosen;t matter. You climb, steadily. It was also here that we all reminded each other we’re slow and fat, so you know – set the pace accordingly. The hands were starting to crack in the cold, and the clouds had engulfed the top of Franconia Ridge. It took us a while because everything was wet and it was cold. All visitors are welcome to eat, rest and even stay the night at the lodge. Mount Moosilauke Loop is a 12.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodsville, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Also – looking for a bathroom? After some exploring, we discovered is we were parked in the “for lodge guests only” side of the road. It’s also fairly short, a 7.4 mile round trip hike from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge trail entrance, up Gorge Brook and then down the other side on the Carriage Trail and Snapper Trail. The mountain itself is high, but so is the starting point, so the total elevation gain is manageable. This will take you into the town of North Woodstock. Weather Forecast North Woodstock, NH. Moosilauke via the Benton Trail. Instead, we couldn’t see anything and we flew down the trail covering about the first mile (0.9 miles) in under an hour. Make sure to check it out! Throughout most of your hike you'll predominately be in the cover of trees. There were even cars parked near the turnaround that we assumed were hikers. Mt. If you want to reference some content on this site, please link to us. Beaver Brook Trail, Benton Trail, Appalachian Trail, Summit, views, cascades, brook, 4000-footer, Jct. He had had a couple of kids in the last few years, so it had been hard for him to keep up with his crazy younger brother who’d seemingly hit the mountains every weekend. By the time we got on the trail it was raining steadily. Here we go! But do it on a nice day – it will be so much more worth it when you get to the top! In my current quest to find as many excellent hiking trails near Boston as I can, I recently made the two-hour drive up to New Hampshire’s Mount Moosilauke via the Ravine Lodge route. Mount Moosilauke, #10 on the New Hampshire 4,000 footer list and coming in at 4,802 feet. What peak did we start with for our Fall 2018 hiking? Moosilauke is known for its 360 views from Kinsmans to, at times, the Adirondacks in New York. If we are going to try to do one better than last fall, we really need to cover some ground, which means peakbagging! If I could describe the descent in one word it would be down. 5-7 hours (round trip) Difficulty: Weekend Warriors. After 1.5 miles, a spur trail leads right (in 80 yards) to the Beaver Brook Shelter. Our plan at the moment is to tackle Whiteface and Passaconaway next week. And that was alright with me. At 6:40am on a steadily raining Monday morning, we couldn’t believe there was a healthy number of cars already starting to fill-up the street parking. The mountain is primarily operated and maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club. That was all we could stand before needing to get out of the wind and rain. We made good time coming down, but it was steep in some parts – causing those of us with poor knees to take our time. To … We stayed on top for about 3 minutes. Blue is a lesser peak on the way to Moosilauke and it was a great place to stop for a short break. I figured we didn’t have much longer to go after that, and while I wasn’t as exhausted as I usually am I still wanted to get there because by now I was soaking wet. I chose to hike the latter. We chose to make the ascent from the Gorge Brook Trail, you guessed it – because it is the easier of the ascents. Mooslauke in Warren, NH. Moosilauke – 4,802′ Mount Moosilauke by the Gorge Brook Trail (7.4 miles, 2,450 feet) is perfect for a warm-up hike. . Not on the trail, they are a little above it (I'm standing on the trail). Mt. I knew from trail reports that I could expect a valley right before the summit, so I was preparing myself to start to climb down when we reached a point in the trail where you can actually see the summit of Moosilauke looming up before you. We were hoping to go the weekend before last but had to deal with house issues. Start on Beaver Brook Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Our hands got really cold and some of us ended up wearing our mittens the rest of the way down. I am currently in Vermont on my thru hike and have had several opinions on how to hike Mt. It rained steadily off and on the entire 3.7 miles up Gorge Brook. The carriage road especially is a great place for skiing (downhill and crosscountry), snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even sledding. This is a great hike and takes anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your speed. 93 to the trail-head was clear and took a lot less time than we anticipated. Moosilauke. The Gorge Brook Trailhead is located right next to the very impressive, recently rebuilt Moosilauke Ravine Lodge owned and operated by Dartmouth College’s Outing Club (DOC). Hike Vermont. We got on the trail by 7:30am. Hike Length: 7.6 miles - dayhike. Hiking Carter Dome, Middle Carter, & South Carter. Opinions differ about this. We stopped for our first real break at the fork to South peak. One was burying it's head in my leg. Moosilauke - 4802' (4/48) Gorge Brook Trail-head On Saturday, June 30th, Paloma, John, and I set out to hike Mt. Mount Moosilauke via Glencliff Trail and Appalachian Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Woodsville, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The summit marker (which looks like a person) is clearly visible from the approaching trail. Actual vs. We would have made it a lot sooner, but we paused to layer up in the stand of trees just before the summit. You turn right into the trail and immediately head up the rock stairs and into the wilderness. The highlights of my White Mountains trip last month were undoubtedly Mount Hight/Carter Dome (Saturday) and Mount Moosilauke (Monday). Looking back down the Gorge Brook Trail from the summit. Arriving at the lodge around 6:40am (after a 2 hour 15 minute drive) we drove straight up the Ravine Rd and took the right at the fork to head into the turnaround where we knew the trailhead began. If you recall back to our. Mount Moosilauke is owned by Dartmouth College, a major university in New England that also maintains the trails and operates the Ravine Lodge on the eastern flank. A fresh coat of snow, drizzled in hues of blue from the early morning light, blanketed the field at the foot of Mt. Continue on foot from here if you are hiking. Turnaround on Ravine Rd to trailhead. This means you have about a quarter mile walk up the road to the turnaround and then onto the trail. This mountain has been on SL’s hiking bucket list for a while and hiking at least one 4,000 footer is one of my fitness goals for the year. Moderate: The Gorge Brook Trail offers a long yet moderate climb to the summit, offering views of the Franconia Ridge to hikers as they approach the top.Strenuous: The Beaver Brook Trail is a difficult route to Moosilauke’s summit due to extremely steep and rough trail conditions around the Beaver Brook Cascades. Share this page's content on a social network. Mt. Moosilauke made our short list at least four times last fall. The lodge has the best “outhouses” I have ever been in, composting toilets that smell pleasantly of wood chips. I was thrilled when my brother said he’d be there to hike Mount Moosilauke, the final 4000, with me as well. Could there really be hikers already on the trail? These trails are also very popular in the winter. I had contemplated my route and was going to hike up Glencliff. Why did it keep coming to the top? This was a piece of cake and I thought – how did people miss the trail? I love peakbagging, but we’re running out of “short,” not terribly difficult hikes we can reasonably do in the fall before dark. The trail was also very wet in this part. Originally raised in 1938 by Dartmouth’s woodcraft advisor Ross McKenney (for which a plaque in his honor has been placed on the Gorge Brook Trail), the lodge was intended as a ski lodge to help position Dartmouth as a leader in downhill ski racing. Arriving at the lodge around 6:40am (after a 2 hour 15 minute drive) we drove straight up the Ravine Rd and took the right at the fork to head into the turnaround where we knew the trailhead began. We’ll see if we get there. Why did we have the trail to ourselves – maybe it had a little bit to do with the steady rain pouring on us for most of the hike? After another 1.5 miles, during which the trail skirts just below Mt. surrounded by panoramic views it is truly a beautiful sight on clear days especially due to the higher altitude compared to other white mountain peaks. Why did we avoid it all last year? Fragile alpine vegetation is in abundance on the trail and you are warned to keep to the path. Having never heard of the 4,000 footer club until last summer and having never really hiked a mountain over 1,300 feet, I’m pretty happy with that. But did I mention the rain? Moosilauke – 4,802′ Mount Moosilauke by the Gorge Brook Trail (7.4 miles, 2,450 feet) is perfect for a warm-up hike. Start on Beaver Brook Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Covering 1.2 miles to Snapper, it’s a very wide trail with many loose rocks and gravel. Why did we avoid it all last year? Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Trail Getting There: The Gorge Brook Trail leaves from the Dartmouth Outing Club's Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.To get there from Boston, take 1-93 North and get off at exit 32. Dogs are also able to use this trail. It was recently rebuilt into an impressive campus that encompasses roughly six main buildings, including the brand new and gorgeous lodge. Start on Beaver Brook Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Mt Moosilauke. Moosilauke is the furthest south that you break tree line. The Carriage Trail provided a nice descent down towards Snapper Trail. Spring hiking means I need to pack a little different than what my typical day hiking list entails. Note: This trail may be extremely dangerous in icy conditions. Beaver Brook Trail (AT)/Asquam-Ridge Trail (4050'), Jct. There are multiple paths up to her bald summit that gives you a wonderful 360 view of the land below and other mountain ranges. Dogs are also able to use this trail. I think why it mislead us is because the trail with all the water pouring off the mountains looked more like a riverbed then trail. I climbed on Sunday and Tuesday too but they were lesser—if perfectly OK—outings. Because of the exposed peak. This is no longer true. This is a moderate white mountain hike with fantastic views and a large alpine zone. 3.9 miles (one way); elevation 4,802 feet. Some opinions are to "slack pack" it of possible from the north face to the south face because it is easier to climb tne north side than to go down it. The quick jog down the open fields of the Moosilauke summit and onto the Carriage Trail was a rain-streaked blur. Book time is 5 hours and 2 minutes! We chose to stick with the trailhead off of the turnaround rather than walking through the lodge, but we did a combination on the way back. This makes Mount Moosilauke the tenth tallest mountain in the White Mountains. This is what most of the trail looks like. Difficulty – Ascent is very gradual, so this is a pretty east hike – distance is where the difficulty … While the elevation of the area varies, the peak of Mount Moosilauke is 4,802 feet above sea level. From the turnaround enter the Gorge Brook trail and follow the signs (mostly towards the left) around the lodge and then toward the right to pick up the real start of the trail. By now whatever dry thing we had was long past thoroughly soaked. I’m apprehensive, but have renewed confidence in my abilities after crushing Moosilauke. Our goal for this fall – ten peaks. name (OSM): Mount Moosilauke. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Moosilauke in Winter. This is an 11.6 mile hike that promises rock slabs and ledges, but luckily no exposed peaks. I do wish I could have experienced that, but the snow made it worth it. Moosilauke is the western-most 4k footer in NH. As long as we were moving I think all of us were fine. The grades are moderate and the footing is excellent the entire way. Moosilauke On January 1, 2018 By Mark Karl In Hiking , Outdoor Activities Back at the end of October I went on a meetup.com group hike to Mt. I don’t even think anyone was behind us either. … Mostly because it’s listed in the “easy” category if you summit from the Gorge Brook Trail. Once you make the last turn, you still have 3.1 miles to go! Your opinions please if you have already hiked it. This was a piece of cake and I thought – how did people miss the trail? The cairns marking the decent down the Carriage trail. Hiking Mt. Moosilauke, there are remains of the Prospect House built in 1860, later known as the Tip Top House, a hotel similar to the one on the summit of Mt. Trails – Loop Hike – Asquam Ridge Trail to Beaver Brooker Trail to Gorge Brooke Trail – 9.5 miles. The trail, looks more like a riverbed and immediately to right after crossing the river. Turn Right onto Rt 112 West. Moosilauke is a prominent 4000+ mountain lying significantly west from the main grouping of the White Mountians. There are multiple paths up to her bald summit that gives you a wonderful 360 view of the land below and other mountain ranges. 3. That is as long as it is a clear day, if not enjoy the workout and plan to come back on a clear day. Moosilauke. After some exploring, we discovered is we were parked in the “for lodge guests only” side of the road. I was hoping for views this time, but instead got a windy, snow filled day. Mount Moosilauke, located about 8 miles west of Lincoln, NH (just south of Franconia Notch State Park), is a popular White Mountain hiking and backcountry skiing peak. This was the only picture I got of this place I was so looking forward to because we booked it down the mountain! We were all set to do Whiteface and Passaconaway, but after my sister and I agreed to take the first of October off from work (a Monday), we thought it would be better to tackle one of the White’s most popular trails on a weekday. The trail also follows the river for at least 1.2 mile, making for a pleasant but somewhat noisy hike. We made short work of the descent, rounding the last 1.7 miles down the Snapper Trail at around 11:50. Our only real surprise for this section was the “Trail Closed” sign stapled to a tree a little ways up from the Hurricane Ridge fork. My overall impression is a steady sloping decline that doesn’t provide much break for the old knees. So is Moosilauke hard? After much deliberation we finally decided to brave Moosilauke and use this as our starting peak for this fall’s hiking. This trial will probably present a challenge for those who struggle with sustained cardio, but I don’t think it’s hard. Moosilauke. It is technically Gorge Brook, but if you look at the map it’s more of an offshoot, or “the Gorge Brook Tributary” as my dad called it. Moosilauke was not easy, but it was amazing! The trail to begin the climb to Moosilauke wraps right around the lodge, so you can be sure to see it from all angles. In 1860 the Prospect House was opened at the Mount Moosilauke summit. It was also very rocky near the summit sign, so it was difficult walking. We recommend the Carriage road approach for winter months. Many things can get in the way of that in the all-too-typical unpredictability of New England weather, but we’ll see how far we get. The first signs of the summit are the cairns that lead towards the false summit and into the valley. The hike was great. Moosilauke. Head up the very steep path alongside the beautiful Beaver Brook Cascades. While I wouldn’t call this much of a false summit because I think it’s pretty obvious you aren’t there yet, there is a particularly large cairn that marks a turn to the left and back into the trees. The "trail closed" sign where you pick up the Wales Carter Connection. With the wind really blowing the rain straight at us, I was glad for extra layers. For Backpackers who Hike with Camping Gear in their Backpack. Moosilauke is the Westernmost 4,000 footer in the White Mountains and located in the Kinsman Range. Hiking Trails. The Appalachian Trail follows the Beaver Brook Trail to Kinsman Notch. Our talking was to a minimum as we made the ascent. Our only view on the entire hike, Mt. All are welcome to stay in one of the lodges “rustic bunkhouses” for $35 a night. Getting close, the trek up towards the false summit. Trails: Beaver Brook Trail. This paid off! We’d read on a few reports that the trailhead was hard to find. We’d read on a few reports that the trailhead was hard to find. We met absolutely no one on the trails. After a quick break at the outhouses, we were back in the car and headed home by 1:00pm, clocking in for our shortest hike yet. It would take us another 1.75 hours to reach the summit. This will take you into the town of North Woodstock. I mean I know it’s popular, but still. There were even cars parked near the turnaround that we assumed were hikers. Take a left immediately off the bridge to continue on the Gorge Brook Trail. If I wasn’t tired before, I was tired after that, thinking we probably had at least an hour until we reached the summit. Directions. The trail to begin the climb to Moosilauke wraps right around the lodge, so you can be sure to see it from all angles. Moosilauke in New hampshire. That whole bit is only 0.6 miles of the ascent. Thanks to the alumni of Dartmouth, this bridge has been repaired, but you can see signs of the tree damage on both sides of the bridge. Gorge Brook Trail: the trail starts off right at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge and almost immediately crosses a river with a large wooden bridge. Head up the very steep path alongside the beautiful Beaver Brook Cascades. Hover over the button below to share. We have been planning to climb Mt. Please check the links below to get the latest status, closures, and alerts regarding forest roads, trails, and campgrounds. Turn one final time to the right to pick back up the Gorge Brook and you’re on your way to the summit. Return via the same route, bearing right at the junction with Benton Trail, and later turning left upon meeting Asquam Ridge Trail. Attempting to use the PeakFinder app to identify our pitiful view. The Gorge Brook Trail is 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) long and it took us about one hour and forty-five minutes to reach the summit. On the. It is a 3.7 mile twisting and switchbacking steady incline towards the summit. 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