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Trip Log


South Moat Mountain
Albany, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the lower Moat Mountain Trail
Looking down the lower Moat Mountain Trail

Route: Moat Mountain Trail

Having not been to any of the Moats in awhile, I decided to head up to South Moat on what was originally forecasted to be a nice day.

It was hot and humid from the start. Nonetheless, I was able to jog the first twenty minutes or so, changing to a walking pace when I left the newer reroute of the trail.

The ledges were a bit slippery but passable. The bugs weren't too bad, fortunately. Reaching the summit, I had decent views in all directions, though the higher peaks to the north were hiding in the clouds. Shortly after reaching the highpoint, the rain started (despite hearing on the radio that there was no chance of rain - one of the few times I've heard that statement!). With the warm temperatures, it wasn't unwelcome.

I took my time with the descent due to the slippery conditions, jogging the smooth reroute back to the trailhead.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: South Moat Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:33 PM
Parking Elevation: 650'
Destination: South Moat Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:33 PM
Summit Reached: 4:40 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 650'
Summit Elevation: 2,770'
Distance: 2.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,235'
Hike Ended: 6:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:41
Hike Distance: 5.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,350'

Moat Mountain Trail trailhead
Moat Mountain Trail trailhead

Looking up the Moat Mountain Trail
Looking up the Moat Mountain Trail

Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from South Moat Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from South Moat Mountain

Topographic map of South Moat Mountain - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North into Conway. Take a left at the first set of downtown lights onto West Side Road. Soon after, take a left onto Passaconaway Road. A few minutes down the road, the Moat Mountain Trail trailhead and WMNF fee parking area will be on the right. If you pass the picnic area on your left, you've gone just a little bit too far.

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