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Looking down the Moosilauke Carriage Road on the way to the Mt. Moosilauke summit
While I had been hoping to take the day off work and head up to the Presidentials, the evening forecast update didn't look too favorable - mostly cloudy, higher winds than before, and summit fog. Not quite worth taking a whole day off. As the day progressed, however, I saw blue sky and low wind speeds. Thus, I decided to take the afternoon off and head over to Moosilauke.
Arriving at the Glencliff parking area, I decided to ascend wearing snowshoes, despite seeing a trail packed enough for barebooting. Since my foot was still injured, I decided the different landing/weighting of snowshoes was a better idea.
The hike seemed to drag on a bit as I gradually ascended up the Glencliff Trail. I was slightly concerned down low, as I could hear and feel some halfway decent winds. I was packed for the Presidentials, however, so I wasn't overly concerned.
After passing through the fairly flat traverse section of trail, I soon reached the steeper portions - and then reached the south peak spur junction and subsequent Carriage Road junction. Here, I swapped out my base layer and geared up for the alpine zone.
With blue skies overhead, I soon was making my way over the ridge to the exposed summit of Moosilauke. While the winds were a bit cold, they didn't seem to be as strong as at the base. Face protection was needed, though I never ended up using goggles.
The views from the summit, though hazy to the south and west, were nonetheless quite strong - quite a different from my first winter ascent of Moosilauke! Seeing that some of the Presidentials had some fog still hanging on, I was glad I had made this decision. After loitering a bit, I decided to get going, stopping again at the junction to delayer.
Not a bad afternoon hike!
The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area
Looking over the Franconias and Bonds at the Presidentials from the Mt. Moosilauke summit
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