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Mt. Moosilauke
Benton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Moosilauke Carriage Road on the way to the Mt. Moosilauke summit
Looking up the Moosilauke Carriage Road on the way to the Mt. Moosilauke summit

Route: Glencliff Trail, Moosilauke Carriage Road, (Mt. Moosilauke), Moosilauke Carriage Road, Glencliff Trail

The winds sounded a bit stonger than forecasted. Nonetheless, I started in warm temperatures and worked my way up the Glencliff Trail. While the first mile or so was spring snow, I soon arrived in packed powder conditions. Nearing the top of the trail, the snowpack was staggering - blazes were just barely visible.

After layering up, I worked my way up the Carriage Road - I was amazed to see a cornice on the east side of the peak, something I had never observed in my three previous winter ascents. Reaching the summit, the winds were a bit chilly, but bearable. The Presidentials were in the clear, and views stretched beyond Jay Peak to the northwest and the Uncanooonucs to the south.

Waiting for the sunset, the colors started to pop all around. Just as the sun started to set, the Adirondacks suddenly appeared behind the Green Mountains, in striking clarity - amazing!

After taking a bunch of photos, we retreated off the summit and back to the springlike temperatures in the woods. A nice night for Moosilauke.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 5, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:02 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,530'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Ascent Commenced: 3:02 PM
Summit Reached: 5:03 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:01
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 3.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,317'
Hike Ended: 7:52 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,362'


The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area
The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area

Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Moosilauke - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Mt. Moosilauke

The sunset as seen from Mt. Moosilauke - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Mt. Moosilauke

Topographic map of Mt. Moosilauke - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 25 West from Plymouth to Glencliff. Take a right onto High Street. The Glencliff Trail parking area will be a few minutes up this road on the right. The trail can be accessed either from the back of the parking lot or a few hundred feet downhill.

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