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Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
Numerous paths approach Mount Moosilauke from all points of the compass and crisscross its open expanse. It’s a popular destination, so don’t expect to be alone with the wonderful views. Jumbled boulders and the ruins of a stone foundation hold hikers to this summit like a magnet. On a recent trip, even the thrill of being buzzed by a glider failed to shake hikers loose from this comfortable perch.
For a bit of privacy before returning to the trailhead, try a short detour on the Benton Trail across sweeping acres of alpine lawns extending far to the north of the summit. A solitary lunch on the rim of these plains provides remarkable views of Franconia Notch and the neighboring Kinsman peaks. Special attractions: A pastoral trailhead, a ridge with mountain views, and summit lawns that encourage alpine wandering.
I completed this climb with a group of 11 people from the outing club at my University, and it proved to be a great hike. It was a bit steep at parts, but the Glencliff trail provided some excellent views all the way up. The rest of the ascent after the junction is entirely exposed, but quite fun, even in the biting winter winds that we experienced. Crampons and snowshoes were very helpful for this climb, as there was a ton of snow on the trail and at the summit. The winds were blowing about 30mph up there with a windchill of -.04 degrees, so needless to say full wind gear was absolutely necessary. The descent was really fun, once you just let yourself go and took it in leaps and bounds, embracing the falls you took into massive snow holes. Overall, it was an excellent hike, and I would do it again.
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