Mount Moosilauke Trail

Breezy Point, New Hampshire 03238

Mount Moosilauke Trail

Mount Moosilauke Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Mount Moosilauke Trail Reviews

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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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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
Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
May through October
Season
2,460 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,802 feet
Top Elevation
Dartmouth Outing Club
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Moosilauke and Mount Kineo
Local Maps