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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 Glencliff Trail
Looking up the Glencliff Trail

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

Though the weather forecast was subpar, the wind forecast was low enough to make a run at Mt. Moosilauke. Starting at the trailhead, the trail was bare for the first half mile or so. Thereafter, there was a dusting of snow on the trail, as well as on the sides of the trees from heavy winds the previous night. My progress was slowed a bit due to the winds, as multiple blowdowns had been deposited in the trail. In a few of the instances, it was easier to just cut the blowdown out, rather than try to walk around it.

Climbing higher, I opted to put on my Microspikes, as a layer of black ice had crept up beneath the dusting of snow. Reaching the steeps, I noticed my Microspikes were not biting the ice as well as I would want - thusly, I switched over to crampons. With black and blue ice all over the place on the trail, they were the perfect choice, as a loss of traction with anything less could have resulted in injury.

Upon reaching the carriage road, I prepared for the jaunt above treeline. While it had been relatively tame and snow free at the trailhead, the alpine zone was rough - chilly moderate winds, blowing rime ice, snow drifts, and limited visibility. As a result, my stay at the summit was more of a stop.

Once below the steeps on the Glencliff Trail, I switched back to Micros and continued my way out. Reaching the lower elevations, there was a halfway decent sunset in the distance, which briefly cast a nice red glow throughout the woods.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hike Commenced: 11:54 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,530'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Ascent Commenced: 11:54 AM
Summit Reached: 2:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:27
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 3.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,317'
Hike Ended: 4:42 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:48
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 down the Moosilauke Carriage Road near the Mt. Moosilauke summit
Looking down the Moosilauke Carriage Road near the Mt. Moosilauke summit

A lack of views from Mt. Moosilauke - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from Mt. Moosilauke

The sunset from the Glencliff Trail
The sunset from the Glencliff Trail

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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