Mountain: Mt. This is one of the more gradual incline routes to the summit of Moosilauke, though it is longer in mileage than other options. In the summer, Mt. Mt. Moosilauke for starters, then the Kinsmans, then the striking Franconia Ridge, where the trail sits above treeline for about 2.5 miles. Directions click here. Mount Moosilauke is also popular with backcountry skiers and splitboarders due to the great exposed ridge, so share the trail with respect and avoid postholing. Picture Gallery Video Clips Don't Watch If You Need to Pee Grass Blowing on the Summit. Mount Moosilauke Loop via Asquam Ridge Trail and Carriage Road. Moosilauke (4,802) Date: July 14, 2006 Time: 6 hours and 40 minutes Miles: 10 Elevation Gain: 2,484 Trails: Asquam Ridge -- Beaver Brook -- Glenncliff -- Old Carriage Road -- Snapper Trail Holy Shit Factor: low. I was hoping for views this time, but instead got a windy, snow filled day. It is a beautiful morning, sunny, temps hovering around 68, shrubbery covered in dew, everything looking fresh and clean. This trailhead serves the Gorge Brook, Snapper, and Asquam Ridge trails. The Appalachian Trail follows the Beaver Brook Trail to Kinsman Notch. If I remembered all the pain I have experienced in my life the same way I felt it when it happened, I don't think I would want to be a volunteer on this life journey. Moosilauke. Mt. Kinsman Pond Tentsite via Kinsman Ridge Trail. The Kinsmans After completing Franconia Ridge, we spent the night in Woodstock for shower, real food, and resupply. The trail was relocated when the AT corridor was finalized over Moosilauke in the early 90's. The summit is crowded at noon when I arrive - I wander around for a few minutes getting my bearings, take a summit shot, take someone else's summit shot, then move away from the people down the Gorge Brook Trail where I find a rock and gratefully throw off my pack and share my lunch with Pinta. I love it. North Woodstock Reservoir via Gordon Pond Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Moosilauke: Elevation: 4,802' Popular Trails: Beaver Brook Trail Benton Trail Carriage Road Glencliff Trail Gorge Brook Trail: Road Access Notes: Ravine Lodge Road generally closes in November or December and reopens in April or May. The summit peaks at 4,802 feet with a prominence of 2,933 feet. Asquam Ridge Trail: Those looking for a longer hike from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead should check out the Asquam Ridge Trail. This was a nice, long loop hike and a good introduction to spring in the Whites, which I've really been missing up to now. The trail was relocated when the AT corridor was finalized over Moosilauke in the early 90's. It was hot and muggy and we got a little dehydrated, but the views from the Kinsmans were beautiful. When I come down from the steep area of the ravine, I meet the waters of Gorge Brook - it's cool and breezy and the trail becomes more gradual. I can't remember how my legs felt when we first started climbing 4,000 footers. exposure than in the Presidentials and Franconia Ridge, but all trails have somewhere between ¼ and ½ mile above treeline. The beginning of the trail was pretty easy, and we ate lunch at the Lonesome Lake Hut. Everyone is friendly and it's fun to pass the time with them. Lafayette, Mt. I'm back. Total time: 4:50. Ridge Trail is displayed on the Mount Moosilauke USGS quad topo map. 4. My last visit to Moosilauke was spent in the fog after an October snow storm. With a few hikes under my belt, I feel pretty normal now. It was hot and muggy and we got a little dehydrated, but the views from the Kinsmans were beautiful. The Asquam Ridge trail starts off gently, a perfect warm up trail, before it becomes rockier and a bit steeper. The next morning, we started up the Kinsmans. Benton is a moderately steep trail, ascending via a ridge on the north side of the mountain. Moosilauke, the most Western 4000-footer with beautiful views of the Franconia Ridge and Presidentials to the east and the Green Mountains of Vermont in the west. Return via the same route, bearing right at the junction with Benton Trail, and later turning left upon meeting Asquam Ridge Trail. Kinsman Ridge Trail. The Gorge Brook Trail ascends Mount Moosilauke from the Dartmouth College Ravine Lodge. They are fascinated by Pinta, everyone throwing out ideas about her breed - dingo, Australian castle dog, blue heeler, hyena. MODERATE 6.5 mi. I had forgotten Pinta's leash so there is some anxiety - I know I have some rope in my pack that I can cut to size - but don't want to have to do that. I hear the breeze slicing through the tree canopy. 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. Moosilauke welcomes northbound AT hikers to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the gradual ascent via the Glencliff Trail is a gracious host. This trail is accessed at the end of Breezy Point Road and features a lot of cross country skiing trails. Ridge Trail is in the Trails category for Grafton County in the state of New Hampshire. 112, where it meets the Beaver Brook Trail. It's discouraging but I certainly am not ready to give up yet. On the positive side, I've been clearing trail, picking up trash, and enjoying the beautiful boreal forest. We also made the short bushwhack over to Mt. Legs are OK, but not feeling strong. Picture Gallery. DIFFICULT 14.3 mi. A 10-mile hike like this one makes my knees ache - normal - and my feet ache - normal - and it feels so good to stop moving and sit down - normal. Hiking Mount Moosilauke via the Gorges Brook Trail. I feel my presence now and I'm not thinking deep thoughts or feeling strong emotion - I am walking down this mountain, one step at a time, and the trail goes on forever. Overview This is a moderate white mountain hike with fantastic views and a large alpine zone. The Appalachian Trail from Mt. Franconia Ridge is my favorite. Moosilauke, the most Western 4000-footer with beautiful views of the Franconia Ridge and Presidentials to the east and the Green Mountains of Vermont in the west. The combination of moderate difficulty and amazing views from the summit has made Mt. DIFFICULT 14.3 mi. Near the top I made a bushwhack diversion to an obscure viewspot on the headwall of Tunnel Ravine. May 30, 2009. Breezy Point – This is the site of the Moosilauke Inn, now burnt down, and the start of the Carriage Road. I don't notice any change. I feel Nancy's absence. Moosilauke: Elevation: 4,802' Popular Trails: Beaver Brook Trail Benton Trail Carriage Road Glencliff Trail Gorge Brook Trail: Road Access Notes: Ravine Lodge Road generally closes in November or December and reopens in April or May. Moosilauke one of the most popular 4,000 footers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. If something is wrong with me I don't think it's serious - more and more I feel like what happened to me on Mt. If you're new to exploring the White Mountain range this will definitely be a great introduction to what it can offer. Amazing how they can make minute changes of direction and still stay upright. 118, then heading down the dirt road to the Ravine Lodge to the turnaround and parking down the road. Despite being the 10th highest peak in the state, Moosilauke is generally considered one of the better summits in the White Mountains for beginners, particularly when hiked via … I start driving back to Jaffrey and encounter 92 degrees and humid in the lowlands. An hour and a half into the hike I start to slow down my ambitious pace. This outing is an out-and-back, but there is an opportunity for a loop by going over the summit to South Peak and descending to Ravine Lodge by using the Carriage Road and Snapper Trail. Moosilauke to the Franconia Ridge (mile 1798.8 - 1819.9). Mt. No deep knee bends for me. The Appalachian Trail follows the Beaver Brook Trail to Kinsman Notch. I feel Dejah's absence. … Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide. I feel hopeful. I am feeling a little lightheaded - time for a bar and some Gatorade. Trail rumor is the drop from the peak is the steepest or second steepest portion of the entire AT. Ridge Trail is displayed on the Mount Moosilauke USGS quad topo map. 6. Moosilauke, NH Trail Conditions and Information: Peak: Mt. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Ridge Trail are 44.0189557, -71.7950831 and the approximate elevation is 3,701 feet (1,128 meters) above sea level. Kinsman Pond Tentsite via Kinsman Ridge Trail. Note: This trail may be extremely dangerous in icy conditions. I start to feel some fatigue in my legs, taking more frequent short rests. The beginning of the trail was pretty easy, and we ate lunch at the Lonesome Lake Hut. I feel good, haven't lost balance, legs feel "normal". Running 5.8 miles to Moosilauke’s summit, the trail makes a gradual ascent up the northeastern side of the mountain. I decided on Mt. I know I felt fatigue going up plenty of times; I just don't remember the exact feeling of how they felt. I've walked hundreds of miles that look just like this trail I'm on and I can feel my mind collapsing in on itself with boredom. 7. A steady stream of hikers comes up the Gorge Brook Trail so it isn't a peaceful or quiet lunch. Kinsman Ridge Trail. The top of the trail is a steep staircase of stone - I enjoy those the best - I feel like I am making good time when I can descend a stone staircase and not have to stop, shift my weight, step over a rock, lean on my poles. These posts have been tagged with Mount Moosilauke NH, or … I was hoping for views this time, but instead got a windy, snow filled day. The Gorge Brook, Carriage Road, and Ridge Trails are currently open, and are accessible from the winter parking area located on Ravine Road (~0.75mi from the Lodge). Weather: Cool, partly cloudy to sunny, cool breeze on the summit. This past Saturday, we returned to the White Mountains for a day hike of Moosilauke. Mount Moosilauke is a 4000 footer located in the White Mountain Range of New Hampshire. Moosilauke (4,802) Date: July 17, 2010 Time: 6 hours Miles: 10 Elevation Gain: 2,417 Trails: Asquam Ridge -- Beaver Brook -- Gorge Brook. Moosilauke, NH Trail Conditions and Information: Peak: Mt. I stop and talk with families, couples, girlfriends, boyfriends on their way up. MODERATE 6.6 mi. The view of the cairns is as beautiful as I remembered, except that some darker clouds are scudding overhead blocking the sun. I am definitely slowing down. Moosilauke are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Running 5.8 miles to Moosilauke’s summit, the trail makes a gradual ascent up the northeastern side of the mountain. Submitted by Nancy. We’re officially in The Whites! The name Moosilauke is the Algonquin word for “bald place,” referring to the mountain’s bare summit. Some with dogs - one with a young male - he and Pinta hit it off immediately and they tore off into the woods, up and down the trail, at full speed - how can they possibly do that without getting hurt? Moosilauke via the Benton Trail. Moosilauke, NH: Trails: Ravine Lodge Road, Ridge Trail, Beaver Brook Trail, Gorge Brook Trail: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 2, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: ... Postholed all the way up Ridge Trail, cursing the fact that we left our snowshoes in the car. Jim. Time and distance does that to memory. MODERATE 4.8 mi. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. When I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail in 2012, I was giddy with anticipation of the big, bad, White Mountains. At 7.4 miles round-trip and ~2,400 ft of elevation gain, … Mount Moosilauke via Beaver Brook Trail. Moosilauke and Carraige Road Trail | 10.2 miles round trip | 3,100 feet elevation gain. We are not taking any reservations at this time. It's beautiful being up high, I don't see the rock where we ate our lunch on that spectacular day we climbed Moosilauke in 2006. The corridor is 1000' wide and if we kept the trail where it was someone would need to do a land survey right through the heart of Jobildunk Ravine. Looking north over Mt. 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. We tagged the summit and got out of there! Volunteer for White Mountain Trails. We left Connecticut around 6:30 A.M. and started our hike shortly after 10:00 A.M. MODERATE 6.5 mi. 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. If this hike was any steeper I think I'd consider turning around. Moosilauke via the Glencliff Trail (also the Appalachian Trail) was just beginning, and already it was hard not to love this idyllic winter hike. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge will be closed until further notice. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for “Instruction” in AMC’s activity listings. 8. 112, where it meets the Beaver Brook Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Mount Moosilauke is a 4,802-foot-high (1,464 m) mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains in the town of Benton, New Hampshire, United States. Mount Moosilauke Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. I look forward to walking above the tree line and seeing those big cairns and the waving fields of grass. The Kinsman Ridge Trail follows this ridge from the north end of the ridge at Cannon Mountain until it drops down to the Lost River and NH Rt. SOURCE: "Mt. This time I decided to hike up the Beaver Brook Trail. What a difference from my time on the mountain! It should only be attempted under good conditions. The corridor is 1000' wide and if we kept the trail where it was someone would need to do a land survey right through the heart of Jobildunk Ravine. This is the recommended winter route. The trail becomes rougher and steeper, rocky, rooty, slippery. This trail then heads back up to the large northeast shoulder of Mt. I feel a lot better than I did on the way up. At 11:20 I reach the Beaver Brook Trail - a really nice ridge with occasional views. Moosilauke where it terminates at its summit. 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. Blue and wandered over the summit of Mt. Mount Moosilauke is the "other" above treeline peak. Moosilauke – Gorge Brook Trail. Franconia Ridge. Instead, we put the trail right along the property line along the ridge and could re-use that survey line. The trail to the summit is punctuated by tufts of Diapensia - so fragile and delicate, growing in every crevice, every piece of soil. Glancing south over the Appalachian Trail ascent and the South Peak. MODERATE 6.6 mi. Mount Moosilauke, at 4,802 feet, is the western-most 4,000-footer in NH. There are no AMC huts or campsites in this region. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike. My ice cold Pepsi tastes so good - that first swallow is perfect - I enjoy the moment. Moosilauke where it terminates at its summit. It was the kickoff of a fun Labor Day Weekend for our family and the first time that we did a serious hike with the kids… Mount Moosilauke Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. I decided on Mt. I hiked it backwards, according to most thruhikers. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ridge Trail can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. There’s a WMNF trail sign at the intersection, follow the road to the end, about 2 miles. It did not disappoint. It is the tenth highest and most southwesterly of the 4,000 foot summits in the White Mountains. Note: Moosilauke’s exposed summit is prone to bad weather and there is no longer any shelter on or near the summit. Although there are several trails that ascend Mount Moosilauke, we chose to ascend via the Gorges Brook trail (or “George’s Brook Trail” as my mom kept calling it) and descend via the Carriage Road and Snapper Trail. We reach tree line and I meet some of the first hikers of the day. The Moosilauke Summit is windswept and bare in the winter. Mount Moosilauke Loop via Asquam Ridge Trail and Carriage Road. 5. Area shelters maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) include Jeffers Brook Shelter, just off the Town Line Trail, and Beaver Brook Shelter, on the Beaver Brook Trail. I did take a rescue inhaler about 40 minutes ago. I notice my knees are talking to me. The Benton Trail is a pleasant and lightly-used approach from the NW. I shouldn't be breathing this hard on a ridge this flat, should I? © Copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved. North Woodstock Reservoir via Gordon Pond Trail. Hikers are advised to pay particular attention to weather conditions for the area before setting out. I miss Nancy - even in silence her presence is big and I always seem to have access to emotions that I miss when I'm in the real world. The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. The forest floor is beautiful - dead tree trunks coated in thick green moss. The Kinsmans After completing Franconia Ridge, we spent the night in Woodstock for shower, real food, and resupply. The next morning, we started up the Kinsmans. Washington and the Presidential Range in the background. 4. Mount Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Trail Summit: Mount Moosilauke (4,802') Trail route: Ravine Lodge Road, Gorge Brook Trail. The staircases end as I enter dense forest and the trail becomes much rockier. It is familiar, and it is OK. Lots of cars are there already - Lodge guests and day hikers - when I pull into a parking spot and start gearing up. 5. The Kinsman Ridge Trail follows this ridge from the north end of the ridge at Cannon Mountain until it drops down to the Lost River and NH Rt. While there is a lot of me time, I am not in a pensive or thoughtful mood. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping . My feet are sore and I feel great. Then we started over the Kinsmans. Instead, we put the trail right along the property line along the ridge and could re-use that survey line. I have to watch my footing. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge will be closed until further notice. The road leaves NH Rt 118 about 5 miles from the junction with NH Rt 25 in Warren. Then we started over the Kinsmans. Anyone who is interested in visiting Ridge Trail can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Mount Moosilauke via Beaver Brook Trail. If I ever decide to get into redlining, I’ll have another trail completed and this trail is a ton of fun! Usually when Nancy and I hike, we talk on the way up and are more pensive on the way down. There are lots of dogs, but all are friendly or leashed as we head down the Asquam Ridge Trail at 8:30 am. Follow this combined trail for 0.4 to achieve the summit of Mt. 6. Moosilauke. Mt. They feel tired and normal. I hiked south to north, which required that I drop 2000ft in 1.5 miles. Scuba Steve meets us on our way down Mt. I feel like I am making slow progress, but have no way to judge. I meet maybe 30 hikers as I descend the trail. I joined Rocksnrolls, Dugan, Amicus, Dougeh and ScenicNH for a hike up Moosiluake via Gorge Brook, Beaver Brook and the Asquam Ridge Trail. Total miles: 8.5. The ascent of Mt. The Gorge Brook, Carriage Road, and Ridge Trails are currently open, and are accessible from the winter parking area located on Ravine Road (~0.75mi from the Lodge). DIFFICULT 10.1 mi. Although I talk to hikers who pass by I am alone, not lonely, but alone. 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. This is my first solo 4,000-footer hike and nothing feels the way I am used to - not the preparation of pack and gear, not the wake up alarm, the drive up, breakfast at MacDonald's, stopping in Meredith, driving that endless stretch of Rte. Stats Mountain: Mt. I feel my presence. Moosilauke Area," by Alex Tait '86, published in Reaching That Peak, by David Hooke '86. I am more in the moment, present, not thinking. Both times it was super foggy and my winter hike had pretty rough conditions. My last visit to Moosilauke was spent in the fog after an October snow storm. Mt. They are too beautiful not to treat with the utmost respect. Moosilauke is a 4802 peak that requires 4000 feet of elevation gain and loss in less than 10 miles. I take advantage of stopping to photograph some amazing orange mushrooms, to pick up a water bottle discarded by a hiker, to clear the trail and pick up trash. Moosilauke via Benton Trail There's no better place than the crown of the Moose on a cool, breezy day with 100-mile visibility. It's a good day, although the last uphill to the parking area is an insult. I feel Pinta's presence. Home; About; Monday, October 12, 2020 . Asquam Ridge Trail: Those looking for a longer hike from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead should check out the Asquam Ridge Trail. Dang. I concentrate on not stepping on them or puncturing them with my poles. I force myself to breathe through my nose, not an open mouth. Note: This trail may be extremely dangerous in icy conditions. Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Wolf was an expression of my body to climbing an extreme trail after three months of marathon training where I hardly got my heart rate above 120. My legs don't feel anything like how they did after the Mt. Only one couple passes me on the way down, but I continue to see hikers on their way up well into the afternoon. My balance is good. Mount Moosilauke via Carriage Road. Trail conditions: Dry, a few wet areas and some minor avoidable ice. This trail then heads back up to the large northeast shoulder of Mt. Like how I feel on my first solo hike - a new beginning. These posts have been tagged with Mount Moosilauke NH, or … 7. Lincoln and the Franconia Ridge, as well as Mt. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. I completed a 7.2 mile, 5 hour hike today (including rests), ascending to the summit of Mt. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mt. It's beautiful and I have a long way to go. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. DIFFICULT 10.1 mi. The air is cooler, maybe low 60's with a strong breeze. I made it. A few minutes beyond the crossing we cut into the woods on the left and stumbled across the remains of the old trail into the ravine. Wolf hike. Despite being the 10th highest peak in the state, Moosilauke is generally considered one of the better summits in the White Mountains for beginners, particularly when hiked via the Gorge Brook Trail. We are not taking any reservations at this time. The alpine summit, on a clear day, affords hikers stunning views, to the east, of the Franconia Ridge and Presidentials, and to the west, the Green Mountains of Vermont and, in the distance, the Adirondacks in New York State. I wonder if I am expecting too much from my 55 year old body. The first two times I hiked Moosilauke I ascended via Gorge Brook (take 1) and Glencliff (take 2). I estimate the hike to have burned about 3,000 calories, assuming a burn rate of about 700 calories an hour for this activity. The 360 degree views continued looking east. Mt Moosilauke via Jobildunc Ravine ... out at the Ravine Lodge Road Sunday morning and hiked in a couple miles to the trailhead and then up the Asquam Ridge trail until it crossed the Baker (Asquamchumauke) river at the outlet of the ravine. 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. 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