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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Big Attitash Mountain
Conway, NH, Hales Location, NH, Barlett, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Moat Mountain Trail
Looking up the Moat Mountain Trail

Route: Moat Mountain Trail, Attitash Trail

First portion of Moat Mountain Trail to Diana's Bath was a cakewalk. Just around the corner was the muddiest portion of the hike, with some black ice mixed in for good measure. A little before the Red Ridge Trail junction, there is an area in which a brook hopped its back and now flows down the trail for a little while. A herd path goes right (ascending) to avoid most of this, prior to crossing that brook.

Attitash Trail was mostly dry with very little black ice. This side seems to be better maintained than the overgrown northwest approach. Highpoint is much more apparent from this direction, rather than the series of ups and downs from the northwest approach.

Microspikes never left the pack and I don't think will be necessary for this route until at least the next precip event.

Irene damage pretty amazing in places.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Big Attitash Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Parking Elevation: 550'
Destination: Big Attitash Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:15
Trailhead Elevation: 550'
Summit Elevation: 2,910'
Distance: 4.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,510'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:31
Hike Distance: 9.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,660'

Moat Mountain Trail trailhead
Moat Mountain Trail trailhead

Cascades along the Attitash Trail
Cascades along the Attitash Trail

North Moat Mountain as seen through the trees from near the summit of Big Attitash - Click to enlarge
North Moat Mountain as seen through the trees from near the summit of Big Attitash

Directions to trailhead: From Conway, take West Side Road northwest to the Diana's Bath WMNF fee parking lot. The Moat Mountain Trail starts at the back of the parking lot.

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