Mount Moosilauke Trail

Breezy Point, New Hampshire 03238

Mount Moosilauke Trail

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"Standing prominently over the Connecticut River Valley, 4802-foot Mount Moosilauke is the highest mountain in western New Hampshire. Beginning as early as 1685, when Abenaki Chief Waternomee was believed to have stood upon its summit, this mountain has lured us to its flowing ridges and deep ravines.

Dartmouth College faithful have long visited its heights in search of outdoor adventure. And with numerous routes leading to the peak Native Americans once called the “Bald Place,” Mount Moosilauke continues to be a popular destination for hikers today. Well before you reach the top to gaze upon the expansive views or enjoy its invigorating winds, you will come to understand why so many before you have been attracted to Mount Moosilauke."

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low
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"Mount Moosilauke is a popular, long, and strenuous hike, but it is definitely worth every step when you see the 360-degree views from the summit." Read more
Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"If you look up the words beautiful and big in your thesaurus, you find dozens of adjectives that could be used to describe Mount Moosilauke, which means “high bald place” in the language of the Pemigewasset Indians. But all of those words fall short in describing this imposing bald mountain that stands over the southwest corner of the White Mountains. A carriage road to the open summit of Moosilauke was built in the mid-1800s. It led to Prospect House, a hotel on top of the massif. Dartmouth College bought the hotel in 1920 and maintained it as a hostel until 1942, when it burned down. The road is long since abandoned and the summit is free from development, but Mount Moosilauke still boasts the commanding view that attracted visitors more than a century ago." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"At 4802 feet, Mount Moosilauke’s massive figure commands most views from the western half of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A legend of Abenaki Chief Waternomee talks of a 1685 ascent of this glorious mountain, nearly a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence." Read more
Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
David Goodman
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"The Gorge Brook Trail is a fun, turn-fi lled ski route that departs right from the summit. The Moosilauke summit cone is also fl anked by large skiable snowfi elds. An alternative route follows the full length of the Carriage Road, an historic ski trail, which offers a moderate route up and down one of New Hampshire’s most scenic mountains." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
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"Mount Moosilauke is a broad, 4,802-foot summit that reaches up into the alpine zone on the western edge of the White Mountains and has wonderful views in all directions. This attractive loop hike follows rushing mountain streams for much of its length." Read more
Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A steady climb to an expansive one-hundred-plus acres above tree line and a long 360-degree view, then a high alpine traverse and descent via a historic ski trail turned footpath. The Gorge Brook Trail is the shortest route to the summit from the Moosilauke. Mount Moosilauke is the westernmost 4,000-footer in the White Mountains and the dominant mountain along the upper Connecticut River Valley. It is also the spiritual center of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC), which maintains its trail network, as well as the 50-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail from Moosilauke to Hanover. It is a hulk of a peak with a sprawling open summit. At 4,802 feet, it is ranked tenth among the forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire over 4,000 feet. The first official ascent of Mount Moosilauke was by moose hunter Chase Whitcher in 1773." Read more
AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Matt Heid
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"Mount Moosilauke is the westernmost massif of the White Mountains. Isolated from adjoining peaks, hemmed by deep valleys, this 4,802-foot peak offers 360-degree panoramas from an open summit of alpine tundra. Beaver Brook scores the mountain’s east flank, tumbling down continuous cascades and providing the most direct route to the summit. The Appalachian Trail (AT) ascends alongside it, climbing the mountain with the aid of 140 wooden steps and more than a dozen metal railings riveted into the rock." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"Mount Moosilauke is the dominant mountain in this part of New Hampshire and the spiritual center of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC),which maintains its trail network as well as the 50-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail from Hanover to Moosilauke. It is a hulk of a peak with a sprawling, open summit. At 4802 feet, it is ranked tenth among the forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire over 4000 feet. There are a half dozen ways to hike Moosilauke, all of them interesting, but the Benton Trail (blue blazes) is the best with a dog, particularly if your dog is not the valedictorian of obedience school. It is one of the least used routes due to its location on the opposite side of the mountain from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, a sizable, dog-friendly log building with several nearby bunkhouses, owned by Dartmouth College, and the starting point for over half of the other routes up the mountain." Read more

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9/16/2011
Hiked this trail today. There is a warning sign near the beginning of the trail telling you to use caution near the cascades to avoid "tragic results." I've seen lots of warning signs before, but this one was more ominous. Weather conditions were poor - cool temps, off & on heavy showers and lots of wind. The trail is very, very steep and ascends directly next to the cascades. The views are beautiful but the trail conditions today had me scared. The trail is quite slippery when wet and there are lots of places where a fall would be a very bad thing. Definitely recommend this, but not with kids and only during decent weather.
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7/20/2009
A colleague recommended this trail to me, and I can see why. What a great way to spend a nice summer day. The trail was easy to follow (I can get lost in a closet), and rewarded me with a beautful vista at the summit. My favorite part was the alpine meadow. I did Gorge Brook up and Carriage Road-Snapper-Gorge Brook down. It was a good, steady workout on the way up, and a pleasant trip back down. I recommend it highly. One suggestion - the driving directions could be a little more explicit once you get to the turnoff.
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8/31/2008
Beautiful hike! We took the long route and didn't see a single person for the first 4 miles. The trail up was amazing, it followed a creek for quite a while and then we were in pine forests. The trail down was very steep (we took the Carriage trail and then Snapper trail)and rocky. Overall, a great hike!
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Trail Information

Breezy Point
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11
Distance
2,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
May through October
Season
2,460 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,802 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Dartmouth Outing Club
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Moosilauke and Mount Kineo
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018