NH: Mt. Moosilauke

Summit of Moosilauke

I climbed Moosilauke today via the Gorge Brook trail. It was another easy climb in the Whites for me, as the trail was very gentle with easy to moderate grades and no scrambling. This time, though, I was rewarded with stellar 360 degree views from a very windy but bald summit, on a beautifully clear day. I’ve heard you can sometimes see the Adirondacks in NY and the Green Mountains in VT from the summit of Moosilauke, but I couldn’t pull the map and compass out of my pack to check – it was so windy up there it was all I could do to stay upright and not blow right over the edge.

This hike has some lovely views throughout, and would probably be gorgeous in the spring with everything in bloom. The Gorge Brook trail follows the brook up from the Ravine Lodge. There is plenty of water on this hike, and no need to lug multiple liters. The trail leaves the brook about halfway to the summit, and it isn’t long before you can see the sky through the trees and realize you’re on a ridgeline. Eventually the ridge opens up and the rocky summit looms in front of you. The grades are gentle right to the top of the mountain.

Though I spotted almost as many trail markers on Tecumseh as there are Dunkin Donuts in Boston, I did not see one marker all day on the Moose. I found it curious that once I reached the alpine zone, signs told me to be sure to stay on the trail to protect the alpine vegetation, but there were no blazes showing me where the trail was – just an open, rocky climb up to the summit.

If you’re looking for an easy hike with incredible views to try to hook a friend or loved one on mountain climbing, this is your peak!

r/t mileage: 7.4
elevation gain: 2400′
This is typical of several sections of the first half of the trail - lots of easy flats.

This is typical of several sections of the first half of the trail – lots of easy flats.

More typical terrain of the Gorge Brook trail

More typical terrain of the Gorge Brook trail

View from an outlook just below the ridgeline

View from an outlook just below the ridgeline

A dusting of snow

A dusting of snow

Breaking out of the trees, summit ahead

Breaking out of the trees, summit ahead

On the summit

On the summit

View from summit

View from summit

More summit views

More summit views

Starting to walk back down

Starting to walk back down

Rime covered trees

Rime covered trees

Caught the end of a beautiful sunset, just as I was coming out of the woods

Caught the end of a beautiful sunset, just as I was coming out of the woods