Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2007-07-13

Climber: Derek Michel

Date:Friday, July 13, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were up and out of the great hostel in Glencliff pretty early. Going north along the AT, one must ford a river and cross several pastures before the actual climb. This ascent is pretty steep, and it goes on for over 3500 feet. It took me about 3 hours to reach the summit, whereupon I met my friend, a throng of day hikers, and a DOC goon, who was nice enough to take my picture. For northbound thru-hikers, Moosilauke is the first mountain above timberline, and we were lucky to have spectacular views this day. The descent on the north side of the mountain, the Beaver Brook Trail, is a lot trickier, as it basically follows a waterfall all the way down, but is still very much doable. While we were descending, the DOC was actually building steps on the trail (we were stepping on rebar). Overall, a great mountain, though I could see why a lot of folks hike it south rather than north. Reached Eliza Brook Shelter later that day in a downpour after a climb over South Kinsman, and called it a day after 17 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Hiker's Welcome Hostel, Glencliff NH  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Beaver Brook Trail (AT)
    Trailhead:Eliza Brook Shelter  

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