Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2009-05-16

Climber: Karen Lemieux

Date:Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Moosilauke is one of my personal favorites as a mountain and has some nostalgia to my college years. We did this hike last May and it was one of the most fun hikes we had done as a club. The Glencliff Trail is part of the famed Appalachian Trail and runs along a ridge on the West side of this massive mountain. We will likely encounter some late season snow on the upper trails and it will require traction devices. Last year, the trail was hot and dry on the bottom and then turned into a snow/ice challenge once we reached the Carriage Road.

The hike is moderate and will take about 4 miles to reach the summit. The bulk of the steep trail is about .5 miles from the Carriage Road and about 2.5 miles into the hike. Once we reach the CR, we have a rather gradual section on the way to the summit with (hopefully) great views in all directions. If the weather is clear, Moosilauke has some of the best views in the White Mountains. The top is rocky and bare and subject to windy conditions. We will return via the same trail.

The trail can be reached by leaving Route 93 in Plymouth at Exit 26 and driving northwest on route 25. We will drive about 25 miles into Warren NH and exit right at High Street (Sanitorium Road). We will drive about 1.3 miles and park on the right at a signed parking lot. The hike starts through some beautiful fields on the way to crossing a stream to reach the trail.

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    Route:Glencliff Trail

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