Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2012-09-08

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Kathryn Stephens
Joel Travis
Joel Van Sickel
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove up from Boston in the morning and began hiking about 9:30AM. The weather was very cloudy and was threatening rain. There was also alot of wind higher up. A group of through hikers arrived at the trailhead just as we were getting started and they warned of some very high winds on the summit ridge.

The trail was very wet and slippery, and was very steep. The trail is in very good condition though, and there are lots of wooden steps, handrails, and rock steps that the slipperiness was not much of an issue.

The first part of the trail follows right alongside Beaver Brook which is pretty much all waterfall because of the steepness. The falls are beautiful and there are a couple really good viewpoints where you can stand out on rocks in the falls for a direct view.

Above the falls, we stopped at the Beaver Brook shelter and had a snack.

Up higher, the trail becomes pretty typical white mountains forest trail, and remains pretty steep up until the ridge. Above the ridge junction, the trail flattens out a bit, and features some beautiful terrain.

For large parts the forest isn't as dense is it is lover down and there is lots of moss cover, red berries, and mushrooms making for some beautiful little forest views.

Mt Blue is not marked, and is not much of a peak. We didn't even notice until we were descending the other side of it. Eventually the trees started getting smaller and finally ended in the alpine meadow. The alpine meadow is mostly grass, oddly uniform compared to other alpine areas in the Whites. For a moment, while watching the grass blowing with the wind, and the whiteout preventing me from seeing anything beyond it, I felt like I was in Kansas...

Since this day was the closest weekend to 9/11, Flags on the 48 was happening, so there was quite a crowd at the summit, and there was a large US flag flying on the summit Cairn. The guy that had signed up for Flags on the 48 for Moosilauke met us at the summit and gave us small US flags. Great job to whoever it was that lead the effort for Moosilauke.

The wind was pretty fierce on top, but not too bad, and it wasn't too cold. The combination of wind and temp did make it chilly. We took a quick picture at the summit, then hunkered down behind one of the many little walls there and ate a snack.

We departed from the summit before too long and headed back into the forest. Not much to say about the descent. There is a warning sign just below the ridge trail junction that warns that Beaver Brook trail is very slippery when wet or icy.

We headed down anyway, and only stopped to take some more pictures at the falls as there was more light in the afternoon than there was in the morning.

We reached the trailhead, and went over to look at beaver pond. The upper pond was full, but the lower pond was extremely low. Joel and I went out onto the beaver dam and to the exposed floor of the lower pond.

I stepped on what looked like a firm patch of ground, but my foot sunk in up to my middle thigh. I pulled it out and cleaned it off in what was left of the the pond, then headed up to the road and walked around to the trailhead, and back in to where the rest of the group was.

We did a little parking lot yoga, then headed into Lincoln to the Common Man for some early dinner. We got back to Boston about 7:30, but ended up in traffic and had to detour through the back-roads of downtown Boston to get around the jam.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3776 ft / 1150 m
    Extra Gain:422 ft / 128 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Beaver Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Kinsman Notch  1870 ft / 569 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Moosilauke 9-8-12

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mount Moosilauke2012-09-083776 ft / 1151 m
Total Trip Gain: 3776 ft / 1151 m    Total Trip Loss: 3776 ft / 1151 m
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