Middle Moat Mountain via Moat Mountain Trail
1 review White Mountain National Forest #26 hike out of 475 in
3 hrs 37 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Middle Moat Mountain in White Mountain National Forest.
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South Moat Moutain (1/17/15, 8:10:08AM)
I headed out to South Moat @ 5AM from my house in Mass. The drive was roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes, exactly what the GPS said. My friend Charlie was waiting for me at the North Trail head, originally the plan was to hike from the south parking lot to the north. With the weather conditions we decided to change our plan and head directly to the south trail head. Roughly 10 minutes later we were on the trail. The trail starts on a logging road and goes directly right into the woods up a steep incline that goes for about 100 yards. From there it flattens out and you head around a large ravine and over a small stream. Once you traverse around the ravine we headed up a steep section that ran for about 1/4 of a mile and then once again flattened out to very low incline. The trail was very pleasant with its hard crusty snow that squeaked every time you stepped. Roughly 1.25 miles in there was a neat ice slide that we had to work our way up. Han Solo (my dog) was having a blast running and sliding down the ice. From here the trees started to get scarce and the incline grew to roughly 25 degrees for the rest of the way. As we started to make the summit ridge the wind picked up to roughly 20MPH and some gusts to nearly 30MPH. As we made our way towards the summit the views opened up to a perfect but frosty blue bird day! Due to the temps we decided to not head over to middle Moat as it was all exposed ridge. We took some pictures on the summit and started back the way we came. On the way down we headed slightly left off the trail into an area that had a large X on it. The area was neat. We got amazing views of Mount Chocorua as well as a good view into North Conway where we could see mountains for miles! We took a slow pace this hike and decided to enjoy the views and enjoy the chilly temps out of the winds where we could experiment with our cameras. I will be sure to head back here for a traverse from the south to the north when temps are a bit warmer.