Mount Moosilauke, New Hampshire: A Pleasant Hike

I have to be honest here. I did this hike several months ago, when the weather still allowed it. The landscapes in New Hampshire have been covered with a thick blanket of snow for many weeks now, which is great for winter sports, but makes hiking impossible.

Mount Moosilauke is located in the southwestern part of New Hampshire’s White Mountains about 17km from the small towns of Lincoln and Woodstock. It reaches 1,464 feet high, which makes it the tenth-highest peak in the White Mountains. The mountain has been climbed for more than 300 years and is known as the ‘gentle giant’ among locals.

Mt Moosilauke Hike, New Hampshire

Mount Moosilauke is owned by Dartmouth College, a major university in New England that also maintains the trails and operates the Ravine Lodge on the eastern flank.

Mt Moosilauke Hike: Mount Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
Mount Moosilauke Ravine Lodge

I hiked up on the Gorge Brook Trail that starts at said Ravine Lodge. The trail essentially followed the Gorge Brook for the first 2 kilometers or so. After it turned away from the stream, the trail became steeper and the hike more strenuous. The closer I got to the summit, the shorter the distance between switchbacks. An absolute highlight on the climb was a spectacular view of Jobilduk Ravine.

Mt Moosilauke Hike: White Mountains View
View of the White Mountains

As the switchbacks eventually turned into slightly flatter terrain, the trees became sparser and smaller until they disappeared altogether – the so-called tree line. From the East Summit there was a fine view of the actual summit, a short distance away.

Mt Moosilauke Hike: Climbing Mount Moosilauke, New Hampshire
Climbing Mount Moosilauke

When I arrived the Mount Moosilauke summit , however, an hour and forty-five minutes after leaving the Ravine Lodge, all views were obscured by a thick mist that refused to clear.

Mt Moosilauke Hike: Sign at the Summit
Sign at the Summit

I quickly ate my pre-packed sandwich and headed down on the Carriage Road. That trail was in excellent condition – as was the Gorge Brook Trail, by the way – wide and not too steep. The first couple hundred meters of that trail down are part of the famous Appalachian Trail. After about an hour I hit the intersection with the Snapper Ski Trail that led back to the lodge.

Mt Moosilauke Hike: Carriage Road
Carriage Road

The total distance of this great loop Mt Moosilauke hike  that combines three trails was about 12 kilometers. It took me three and a half hour to complete it, including a few stops at lookouts and at the summit.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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