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Trail Conditions

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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.
The Gorge Brook Trail after sunrise
The Gorge Brook Trail after sunrise

Route: Gorge Brook Trail

Ravine Lodge Road walk was a little icy, but barebootable.

I booted Gorge Brook Trail in the vicinity of the brook, but switched to snowshoes at last water. About 1 to 2 feet of snowpack down low. Firm footbed with a half inch of powder on top, garnished with postholes.

Above last water, snowpack increased to 3 to 4 feet. The inch of powder over hardpack made snowshoes the best traction choice. Ridiculous number of postholes, many of which were concealed by the drifted powder. Some so bad that the footbed as moved into the woods to get around them. Thank you barebooters for your sacrifice.

Above treeline, lots of exposed rock with a little snow and ice mixed in. I kept my snowshoes on because I didn't want to swap out of them in the cold/wind at sunrise, but otherwise would have Microspiked that section. Still some hardpack drifts.

Cold, windy morning with the summit engulfed in a cloud, but was able to get pre and post sunrise colors from just below treeline.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time to Trailhead: 00:14
Distance: 0.8 mile
Parking Elevation: 2,400'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Time Elapsed: 01:49
Trailhead Elevation: 2,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Distance: 3.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,512'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:54
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,822'

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

Sunrise colors below the Mt. Moosilauke summit - Click to enlarge
Sunrise colors below the Mt. Moosilauke summit

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. Due to lodge construction in winter 2016-17, Ravine Lodge Road was open to within 0.8 miles of the summer trailhead.

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