North Moat Mountain Trail

Intervale, New Hampshire 03845

North Moat Mountain Trail

North Moat Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Leveling out at less than 3200 feet, North Moat Mountain often is overlooked by those seeking to scale the forty-eight mountains that rise higher than 4000 feet in New Hampshire. While not high enough for some, North Moat’s ridges and views are far more beautiful and expansive than many of the peaks that tower above it.

Along the way, encounter cascading brooks, pass imposing rock formations, climb barren ridges, and tunnel through picturesque forests. While neighboring 4000-foot mountains attract larger crowds, North Moat Mountain awaits those seeking places where the White Mountains’ quiet beauty is on display."

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"A sharply chiseled ridgeline that parallels Main Street west of North Conway, the Moat Mountain Range displays a scruffy, thread-bare look thanks to a blend of bald rock and stunted trees that covers its upper reaches.

Rising more than a thousand feet on the eastern flanks of this rugged ridge, the stark walls of Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge make the Moats even more imposing. Little wonder that few hikers venture beyond Diana's Baths, a popular swimming hole, just 0.6 mile from a trailhead at the north end of the range."

North Moat Mountain Trail Reviews

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Easy hike for the first 2 miles, once past halfway the trail gets very steep and is a difficult climb. The views at the top are great! Hiked with 10 boy scouts aged 10-13, and they all made it with no problem. At a fast pace we made it from the parking lot to the top in 2hours 40 minutes.
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I did this trail with my wife and we loved it. There is really a nice walk through the woods to get from the parking lot to the base of the mountain. You will cross bridges and only have a minimal incline. Once you get to the mountain itself it starts getting steep, but nothing too bad. The trail up has a few views, but the top is the best. As mentioned, there are 360 degree views from the top, with a fantastic view of Mount Washington. This is a great day hike!
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The Moat Mountain Trail is a loop trail that connects to the Red Ridge Trail for a nice hearty decent back to the parking lot. Lots of scenic views, including a very nice 360degree view @ the true summit of north moat (elevation, 3196ft). The trails are very well traveled, but could use some better markings to identify the trail. When you get closer to the summit coming from the moat mtn trail side, you will walking on a lot of smooth rock in a very open area. It is hard to tell where the trail goes. There is thirteen cents hidden under a rock on the red ridge trail. If anyone finds it please add a penny and continue on your way. It is to pay homage to the mtn gods, and will allow you safe passage. (Hint) You will find this rock next to another rock that looks perfect for sitting and having a rest.
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Took a few boy scouts and Dads up the trail. Great 360 degree views. Trail was slippery on the way down.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 to 7 hours
550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,195 feet
Top Elevation
White Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS North Conway West
Local Maps

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Oct 2018