It is a 3.7 mile twisting and switchbacking steady incline towards the summit. Moosilauke for some time now and this weekend seemed to offer us the best time with which to accomplish this goal. Head up the very steep path alongside the beautiful Beaver Brook Cascades. The Carriage Trail provided a nice descent down towards Snapper Trail. Ravine Lodge Campus Map | Copyright © 2018 Trustees of Dartmouth College. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Mt. Here we go! The hike was great. 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. This is a great hike and takes anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your speed. After 1.5 miles, a spur trail leads right (in 80 yards) to the Beaver Brook Shelter. I’m apprehensive, but have renewed confidence in my abilities after crushing Moosilauke. This is a moderate white mountain hike with fantastic views and a large alpine zone. name (wikipedia): Mount Moosilauke. This means you have about a quarter mile walk up the road to the turnaround and then onto the trail. Down into the valley we went. 3.9 miles (one way); elevation 4,802 feet. It was recently rebuilt into an impressive campus that encompasses roughly six main buildings, including the brand new and gorgeous lodge. Follow this combined trail for 0.4 to achieve the summit of Mt. 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. This view takes in the entire main ridge of Moosilauke, from the South peak, over the East Ridge and main summit (Gorge Brook Trail visible on the East Ridge), and finally the great gulf of Jobildunc Ravine, with Mount Blue beyond. Please check the links below to get the latest status, closures, and alerts regarding forest roads, trails, and campgrounds. If you plan to just hike, park past the telephone pole heading back down the Ravine Rd. Hiking Carter Dome, Middle Carter, & South Carter. I hiked up on the Gorge Brook Trail that starts at said Ravine Lodge. It is here where you really feel like the hiking begins. 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. Moosilauke. Note that in the AMC Guide for this hike it does caution that the footbridge over the Baker river is damaged and impassible. I climbed on Sunday and Tuesday too but they were lesser—if perfectly OK—outings. What peak did we start with for our Fall 2018 hiking? The mountain itself is high, but so is the starting point, so the total elevation gain is manageable. Moosilauke. After another 1.5 miles, during which the trail skirts just below Mt. 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. At times when we paused on the trail at areas we could tell might be an impressive look out, we thought the fog might lift enough that we were hopeful of seeing something on the top, but if anything the rain became harder as we made the final push towards the summit. Right next to the trail you'll find the Dartmouth Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. 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. As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, my hiking companions and I are not a fan of exposed peaks. 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. Start on Beaver Brook Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. 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. I estimate the hike to have burned about 3,000 calories, assuming a burn rate of about 700 calories an hour for this activity. My last visit to Moosilauke was spent in the fog after an October snow storm. All visitors are welcome to eat, rest and even stay the night at the lodge. This will take you into the town of North Woodstock. What’s that you say? We stopped for our first real break at the fork to South peak. I love peakbagging, but we’re running out of “short,” not terribly difficult hikes we can reasonably do in the fall before dark. Trails: Beaver Brook Trail. We’d read on a few reports that the trailhead was hard to find. The carriage road especially is a great place for skiing (downhill and crosscountry), snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even sledding. I can’t really report much about the ascent because it was largely uneventful. Mt Moosilauke. Spring hiking means I need to pack a little different than what my typical day hiking list entails. 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. Note: This trail may be extremely dangerous in icy conditions. There we refueled with beef jerky, dried mangos, and granola, but within 15 minutes and hopping around to keep warm we were back on the trail. We would have made it a lot sooner, but we paused to layer up in the stand of trees just before the summit. Follow Beaver Brook Trail for 3.8 miles all the way to the summit of Mount Moosilauke and descend using the same route. We made good time coming down, but it was steep in some parts – causing those of us with poor knees to take our time. Blue is a lesser peak on the way to Moosilauke and it was a great place to stop for a short break. 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. That means we pretty much have to do peakbags over six weekends before we call it quits in early November. The car ride back was terrible. We stayed on top for about 3 minutes. Why did we avoid it all last year? Soaking wet and smelling like dog, it was a long two hours. I was hoping for views this time, but instead got a windy, snow filled day. A fresh coat of snow, drizzled in hues of blue from the early morning light, blanketed the field at the foot of Mt. If I wasn’t tired before, I was tired after that, thinking we probably had at least an hour until we reached the summit. Turn one final time to the right to pick back up the Gorge Brook and you’re on your way to the summit. As long as we were moving I think all of us were fine. By the time we got on the trail it was raining steadily. We met absolutely no one on the trails. I’m not sure if it was the wet, but rather than continuing straight like we expected it curves immediately to the right and then picks up again. Date: ? I was thrilled when my brother said he’d be there to hike Mount Moosilauke, the final 4000, with me as well. If it turns out to be another crappy weekend we’ll still hike, but probably something shorter like Cannon. Return via the same route, bearing right at the junction with Benton Trail, and later turning left upon meeting Asquam Ridge Trail. 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. Mount Moosilauke is found on the western most part of the White Mountains in Brenton, New Hampshire. Moosilauke. There are multiple paths up to her bald summit that gives you a wonderful 360 view of the land below and other mountain ranges. This trial will probably present a challenge for those who struggle with sustained cardio, but I don’t think it’s hard. We crossed over the river on some very well placed rocks and promptly lost the trail. 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. In about a half mile you reach the summit of Mount Moosilauke easily noticeable with its rocky top which makes nice cover for windy days. This paid off! Hiking Trails. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail. It is the farthest west of the NH 4000' peaks and it's summit is a large exposed area above treeline offering wide ranging views which many consider the best in the Whites. Mt. If you want to reference some content on this site, please link to us. We chose to make the ascent from the Gorge Brook Trail, you guessed it – because it is the easier of the ascents. This is what most of the trail looks like. Why did we avoid it all last year? 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. The winds can be crazy, and good views are often hard to come by, but it is a fantastic experience with the right equipment. Follow Beaver Brook Trail for 3.8 miles all the way to the summit of Mount Moosilauke and descend using the same route. Mt. With the wind really blowing the rain straight at us, I was glad for extra layers. 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. Moosilauke. Moosilauke. The trail also follows the river for at least 1.2 mile, making for a pleasant but somewhat noisy hike. Directions. Blue's summit, you will reach the junction with Benton Trail. 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. Hike Maine. I call that pretty darn good. Choose from Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Yahoo, MySpace, and more. 93 to the trail-head was clear and took a lot less time than we anticipated. Moosilauke is an incredible winter hike. The Carriage Road trail is wide and gradual, it was a little over 10 miles and took us a little over 6 hours to do. Mt. Gorge Brook Trail: the trail starts off right at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge and almost immediately crosses a river with a large wooden bridge. 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. We have been planning to climb Mt. By Richard Kipphut. Moosilauke made our short list at least four times last fall. In the case of Moosilauke, three of its sub-peaks are also on the Trailwright's list including Mt Jim (4,172 ft) , Mt Blue (4,529 ft), and South Peak (4,523 ft), guaranteeing that I will be spending a lot of time hiking up Moosilauke this winter and that I'll probably hike every trail on the mountain, which is the point of the Trailwright's list. Mt. Plus for those who wear glasses, like three of the four of us, the pelting rain made it was nearly impossible to see. Moosilauke. 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. The Appalachian Trail follows the Beaver Brook Trail to Kinsman Notch. Park in front of this sign heading back to Ravine Rd. Return to the Lodge by the same route. Our talking was to a minimum as we made the ascent. Start on Beaver Brook Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail. Moosilauke was not easy, but it was amazing! Moosilauke in Winter. Today A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. You can tell you’re getting close to the top when the birches give way to short pines and the granite becomes prominent on the trail. Hover your mouse over images in order to see captions. Mt. Mooslauke in Warren, NH. 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. But more on that later. Your opinions please if you have already hiked it. All are welcome to stay in one of the lodges “rustic bunkhouses” for $35 a night. Fragile alpine vegetation is in abundance on the trail and you are warned to keep to the path. 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. If we are going to try to do one better than last fall, we really need to cover some ground, which means peakbagging! It was recently rebuilt into an impressive campus that encompasses roughly six main buildings, including the brand new and gorgeous lodge. It rained steadily off and on the entire 3.7 miles up Gorge Brook. 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. Continue on foot from here if you are hiking. That was all we could stand before needing to get out of the wind and rain. Others say it really dosen;t matter. Moosilauke – 4,802′ Mount Moosilauke by the Gorge Brook Trail (7.4 miles, 2,450 feet) is perfect for a warm-up hike. They are also great as a tote for your hiking boots and other gear. VT 4000 Footers. This is an 11.6 mile hike that promises rock slabs and ledges, but luckily no exposed peaks. It is ranked 9th of New England’s finest peaks, and one of the most visited. 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. Once you make the last turn, you still have 3.1 miles to go! 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? If you would like to take a Mount Moosilauke hike, you are in luck. Turn Right onto Rt 112 West. At first we all panicked, thinking the Gorge Brook Trail was completely closed, but, after reading the sign fully, realized that the old section on the trail straight ahead was closed due to water damage but it had been rerouted along the Snapper Trail for a short way before again connecting back to Gorge Brook. Mt. Our only view on the entire hike, Mt. At the summit of Mt. In the summer, Mt. Moosilauke has several trails leading up to it's bald summit; ranging from long and strenuous to easy and meandering. We got on the trail by 7:30am. On the. Mt. Because of the exposed peak. 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. 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. Hike Length: 7.6 miles - dayhike. Mt. If you recall back to our. After much deliberation we finally decided to brave Moosilauke and use this as our starting peak for this fall’s hiking. Could there really be hikers already on the 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 thoroughly believe any one with a drive and incline to hike can hike. 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 mean I know it’s popular, but still. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are perhaps the most dramatic, awe-inspiring part of the Appalachian Trail. Mount Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Fork to South Peak, left continues on Carriage. . The Gorge Brook Trailhead is located right next to the very impressive, recently rebuilt Moosilauke Ravine Lodge owned and operated by. The cairns marking the decent down the Carriage trail. Hiking Mt. We routinely hopped to the side to avoid drenching our feet. Beaver Brook Trail (AT)/Benton Trail (AT) (4550'). Moosilauke is a prominent 4000+ mountain lying significantly west from the main grouping of the White Mountians. This was the only place on the hike where I felt an extra sign was needed. The hands were starting to crack in the cold, and the clouds had engulfed the top of Franconia Ridge. Summit via Gorge Brook–Carriage Road Loop. Mostly because it’s listed in the “easy” category if you summit from the Gorge Brook Trail. Book time is 5 hours and 2 minutes! The trail was also very wet in this part. 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. If I could describe the descent in one word it would be down. The mountain is primarily operated and maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club. There were even cars parked near the turnaround that we assumed were hikers. Mt Moosilauke Hike, New Hampshire. Moosilauke Via the Appalachian Trail and Glencliff Trail. I mean I know it’s popular, but still. name (TrailsNH): Mount Moosilauke NH. Could there really be hikers already on the trail? I don’t even think anyone was behind us either. I completed a 7.2 mile, 5 hour hike today (including rests), ascending to the summit of Mt. 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. 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 mountain itself is high, but so is the starting point, so the total elevation gain is manageable. So is Moosilauke hard? The grades are moderate and the footing is excellent the entire way. 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. The weather was beautiful and the ride up Rt. I do wish I could have experienced that, but the snow made it worth it. Washington. Last fall we completed our first nine peaks over the course of five weekends. 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. There are multiple paths up to her bald summit that gives you a wonderful 360 view of the land below and other mountain ranges. by Daren Worcester 0. Until next weekend! The quick jog down the open fields of the Moosilauke summit and onto the Carriage Trail was a rain-streaked blur. The trail, looks more like a riverbed and immediately to right after crossing the river. Black flies hit us for the first time here. Share this page's content on a social network. 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. You turn right into the trail and immediately head up the rock stairs and into the wilderness. Opinions differ about this. This didn’t diminish the amount of preparation I did for the hike or the need to take bearings along my approach to check my location. 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