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Mt. Moosilauke
Warren, NH, Woodstock, NH, Benton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Gorge Brook Trail near the Mt. Moosilauke summit
Looking up the Gorge Brook Trail near the Mt. Moosilauke summit

Route: Gorge Brook Trail

Once again, it looked like the optimistic weather forecast wasn't quite coming true. Nonetheless, I decided to head up to Mt. Moosilauke and give it a go.

For the purposes of time (driving and hiking), I took the Gorge Brook Trail. While relatively short and tame, the rocky footing always seems to slow me down. Reaching treeline, I could see that the summit was in the clear, but some fog was rolling over to the south. Once at the summit, I quickly snapped some photos - and then, in a matter of minutes, the summit was swallowed in fog.

Donning my light winter gear, I headed back down, headlamp on after only about 30 minutes. The rocky nature of the trail further impeded my descent, as I seem to slow down with a headlamp on.

The lights of the ravine lodge were a welcome sight - had I been able to take in a sunset, it would have felt like a more worthwhile hike, however it wasn't in the cards.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, September 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:46 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,500'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Ascent Commenced: 4:50 PM
Summit Reached: 6:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 1:33
Trailhead Elevation: 2,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 3.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,512'
Hike Ended: 8:18 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,722'


The Gorge Brook Trail trailhead at the end of the Class of 1982 Bridge
The Gorge Brook Trail trailhead at the end of the Class of 1982 Bridge

Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Mt. Moosilauke summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge from the Mt. Moosilauke summit

Topographic map of Mt. Moosilauke - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West to Route 118 south/west. Ravine Road will be on the right shortly after the height of land. Go down this dirt road and bear right. Limited parking available on the side of the road. Walk straight ahead past the kiosk, then take the first left, go left again, then go right across the bridge. The Gorge Brook Trail starts on the left thereafter.

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