Mount Moosilauke Loop via Gorge Brook Trail
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.
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)
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.