Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2020-06-20

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

I am trying to put a lot of focus into the Northeast P2K list and saw that Moosilauke was one of the closest ones I hadn't done. I got on the road a bit late because I was deciding what to do today and didn't get hiking until after 9am. Storms were possible after 1pm, so I tried to hike quickly and not take breaks. I chose the Beaver Brook Trail due to it being one of the shortest ways up, but also because I heard it may be the most scenic. The trailhead parking was free during the pandemic.

On the trail, I encountered an easy stream crossing almost right away, then quickly got to a steep pitch that lasted beyond the spur to the shealter. Many people were huffing and puffing their way up the many stairs of wood and rock that parallel a steep cascade. Passing them slowed me down a little, but I was feeling good although incredibly sweaty. Once the trail did level off a bit I saw that I had done over 2/3 the vertical, but only 1/3 of the mileage. The next part was quick going as I wrapped around some sub-peaks and through one small area that looked like the site of a past forest fire. The first viewpoint was less than a mile from the summit, but other people were crowding it so I pressed on. I could here thunder periodically, but there was blue sky over me. It turned out that there were storms on the other side of Waterville Valley all morning and I got a good look at the rain clouds once I got high up. One dark cloud moved over the summit of Moosilauke as I was 20 minutes from the top, but it didn't do anything other than shade the area. The last ten minutes were in an open meadow and the views were just great. This is why I love the Whites. There were a lot of people around coming from all angles, and some decided it would be better to walk on the grass than on the trail. I guess they can't read the signs about caring for the vegetation. The top had a surprising number of plaques, but all I took away from them was that Dartmouth owns the top. I had fun picking out peaks in the distance for future hikes.

After ten minutes on top I hurried back down and was able to stop at the one viewpoint that was vacant now. It didn't compare to the views up higher. Several people asked me about how far they had to go and I could see some were getting worried about the storms. Definitely not a day to start so late. I couldn't go too fast down the stair sections as the trail was wet in spots and the consequences for slipping were high. This turned out to be a very enjoyable and challenging hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3168 ft / 964 m
    Extra Gain:118 ft / 35 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Beaver Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Beaver Brook Trailhead  1870 ft / 569 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 44 Minutes

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