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Trip Log


Mt. Moosilauke
Benton, NH

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

With a good weather forecast, I decided to head over to Mt. Moosilauke and try the Glencliff Trail. Upon arriving at the parking lot, I could tell the immediate area was in the midst of a small snow storm - not quite the mostly sunny forecast I had seen.

After putting on my Stablicers, I headed down High Street to the proper Glencliff Trail trailhead and was on my way. On this particular portion of trail, I was the first person to make tracks since the 1-3" of fresh powder fell. Soon, I met up with the parking lot shortcut and was on a pretty well packed trail.

Most of the Glencliff Trail is moderate at best in terms of steepness - and fortunately the only water crossings of any volume were bridged by wood and/or snow.

Though my Stablicers were being a pain in the neck (I've never had them fall off on my so many times as I did on this hike, not quite sure why), I elected to keep them on as I passed the first group of the day and headed up the steeps of the trail. Though there was some slick stuff underneath the untracked powder, I was able to make it in just my Stablicers, with the aid of my ice axe. After this steep, the trail empties out on the Moosilauke Carriage Road for a gradual ascent to the summit.

While there had been glimpses of sunshine and blue sky, it was all clouds once I cleared the treeline - visibility of a few hundred feet, high winds, etc. I found the trail a bit hard to follow in a few places, as some cairns had likely been covered in snow drifts. Nonetheless, I was able to find the summit without losing the trail.

After looking at the non-view for a minute or so, I put on my goggles and headed back downhill to get out of the winds. Upon arriving at the Glencliff Trail, I was able to make decent time back to the summit (with a few pauses to allow an increasing amount of hikers by), thanks to the snow/ice/pitch of the trail.

Though I didn't have any views, the exercise and few seconds of blue sky just before the treeline made the hike worthwhile.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 26, 2008
Hike Commenced: 8:39 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,530'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Ascent Commenced: 8:40 AM
Summit Reached: 10:53 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:13
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 4.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,357'
Hike Ended: 12:30 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:51
Hike Distance: 8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,402'

The Glencliff Trail trailhead on High Street
The Glencliff Trail trailhead on High Street

The view into the clouds at the Mt. Moosilauke summit - Click to enlarge
The view into the clouds at the Mt. Moosilauke summit

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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