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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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 Carriage Road
The Carriage Road

Route: Gorge Brook Trail, Carriage Road, Snapper Trail

This may well be the best trail to avoid snow when doing a 4K hike in the coming days. While there is still snow in the woods starting around 3,500 feet, the Carriage Road is generally open enough to get good sunlight.

Snapper Trail was virtually snow free...a couple of tiny patches that one would have go out of their way to step on. Mud and running water in the usual spots, but the trail is otherwise fairly dry.

The Carriage Road only had a few small patches of snow until the stone gateway area, where there was a good tenth of a mile of sustained, multiple feet deep snowpack. There was also plenty of monorail left on the Carriage Road from above the Glencliff Trail junction to treeline. A few puddles as well.

Never used or so much as considered spikes or snowshoes for this route.

I retraced my steps, as the Gorge Brook Trail likely still has plenty of snow and monorail.

Apart from a few trillium, I did not note much in way of wildflowers.

Nice afternoon weather with sunny skies and a light breeze above treeline.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Parking Elevation: 2,500'
Destination: Mt. Moosilauke
Time Elapsed: 01:39
Trailhead Elevation: 2,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,802'
Vertical Gain: 2,562'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,922'

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

The Carriage Road
The Carriage Road

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

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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