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Mt. Moosilauke, Mt. Moosilauke (South Peak)
Benton, NH

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

Route: Glencliff Trail, Moosilauke Carriage Road, (Mt. Moosilauke), Moosilauke Carriage Road, spur trail, (Mt. Moosilauke South Peak), spur trail, Glencliff Trail

From the trailhead up to the beginning of the long switchback was maybe an inch of snow, minimal ice. Barebooted this section in both directions.

Upon reaching the minor water crossings, there were some ice bulges. Interestingly, these were soft/slushy, despite temperatures in the single digits at best. Ascending I was able to bareboot, descending I used Microspikes. Snow depth of 2-3".

The steeps prior to the ridge had some concealed ice. I was able to bareboot while ascending, but used the Microspikes (with care) on the descent.

The Carriage Road had some blue ice and lots of snow drifts, up to about 18" deep. No snowshoes needed today, but after the storm they may be quite useful. Some folks skinned up the Carriage Road.

Excellent views from the summit, even with the approaching cloud cover. A bit sobering to see the Spanish Imposition (Groton Wind Farm) and notice the potential impact the two proposed farms west of it (on either side of Cardigan) will have from this vantage point. Below zero temperatures on the summit, but barely a breath of wind.

Took a short side trip to South Peak on the way back. Spur was bootable.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,530'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Time Elapsed: 03:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 3.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,317'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Vertical Gain: 103'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:34
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,445'


The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area
The Glencliff Trail trailhead at the edge of the parking area

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

The Moosilauke Carriage Road on the way to south peak
The Moosilauke Carriage Road on the way to south peak

Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from Mt. Moosilauke's South peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from Mt. Moosilauke's South peak

Topographic map of Mt. Moosilauke, Mt. Moosilauke (South Peak) - 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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