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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
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.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area
Looking down the Moosilauke Carriage Road near the Mt. Moosilauke summit
A lack of views from Mt. Moosilauke
The sunset from the Glencliff Trail
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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