Mount Moosilauke Loop via Gorge Brook Trail

12 reviews #14 hike out of 703 in
7.5 mi
Distance
3 hrs 38 min
Time
terrain
2,387 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate white mountain hike with fantastic views and a large alpine zone.

Gorge Brook Trail: the trail starts off right at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge and almost immediately crosses a river with a large wooden bridge. about 50 feet after the bridge the trail splits to the right and then again in a half a mile also to the right. at this point the trail stays relatively consistent, crossing a river two more times before the grade increases. though never getting increasingly steep, its at this point that the trail gains the majority of the mountains altitude and stays relatively steep until about 2.5 miles from the start of the trail, at this point you enter the alpine zone where you get you first almost panoramic view of the surrounding area. this area is full of small wildlife and plant species (keep in mind the alpine zone is a protected area so it is asked that you stay on the trail). In about a half mile you reach the summit of Mount Moosilauke easily noticeable with its rocky top which makes nice cover for windy days. surrounded by panoramic views it is truly a beautiful sight on clear days especially due to the higher altitude compared to other white mountain peaks.

snapper trail: to descend this tail follow the sign pointing towards South Peak, .9 miles down this trail splits left from the South Peaks trail and then splits left again 1.2 additional miles. the trail grade lessens after this point and meets up with the Gorge Brook Trail .9 miles down. follow signs back to the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge .5 miles away.

Getting Started

the road splits just before the trailhead, bare to the right and pull off to the side of the road. the trailhead is at the end of the road. (do not park in the culdesac for risk of towing)

Taking Children

At 7.9 miles this might be a little much for small children but by no means is this an overly strenuous trail and for older kids with some hiking experience might not be a problem.

Note: I wouldn't bring a small or even older child on this trail if it was their first hike.


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    1 year, 7 months ago
    Easy, Moderate, Difficult is relative. This is an easier 4K. No 4K is easy. It's my go to. Great views! It is very exposed so be sure to check the wind before going. Also, you can not park all the way down Ravine Road due to it being closed. This added 1.5 miles to the hike.
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    1 year, 11 months ago
    Awesome view. But very very windy on the top
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Michael Weisberg 7 years ago
Mooselaukie (5/9/15, 11:41:35AM)
Today Han Solo and I hiked up Mount Moosilauke. The trail below 3000 feet was mostly clear from snow except a few patches of ice. Once over 3000, feet in the dense forest the snow still had its hold next to the cool stream. Beware the raging river as there are a few sections that you may need to walk through as the water has overflowed the banks. As for the snow pack was roughly 4 feet deep with some post holing if you got to close to once side of pack. This made for a tricky final mile. Once out of treeline the snow pack dissipated and it was smooth sailing to the summit. Traction was not needed for this hike but may of made others feel a bit more comfortable.
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fred 6 months, 1 week ago
Moosilauke
Richard, Mike, and I did Moosilauke. After a breakfast at Flapjacks in Lincoln, NH, we parked near the Ravine Lodge and got going about 8:35am, which was well after sunrise on the first day of Standard Time. We went up Gorge Brook Trail to the East Summit, arriving after about 2.5 hours. The trail is quite an easy one with 2238' ascent. We walked to East Peak and then down the Carriage Road and Snapper. Skies were clear and the temperatures above freezing. I picked up some ear muffs that were hanging on a tree---my first steal on a trail. Summary: 8 miles, 5:43 hiking time, 2357' ascent.
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