Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2013-06-27

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

We pulled into the end of Ravine Lodge Rd. at around 9:00 AM. We parked where allowed, geared up, locked up, and I did a few OCD checks, and we headed down the dirt road past the gate and kiosk, where the trail register was. We wrote everything correctly, but it wasn't until we were on the trail that I realized that I put yesterday's date. No turning back now, so we pressed on.

We headed up the Asquam-Ridge Trail, only because I wasn't aware of where the Gorge Brook Trail went. The trail started out following an old road by a brook with easy grades. A closed section of trail came in on the left, and soon after that, the trail briefly went from old road to singlefile path, presumably to avoid a washed-out section of the old road.

The ART turned right, crossed a bridge, then climbed slightly steeper to the junction with the Al Merrill Loop. We turned left to stay on the Asquam Ridge Trail.

From here, the trail had easy to moderate grades, but it was quite wet and muddy in spots. Near the beginning of the approach to Mt. Jim, we entered the clouds. On this approach, the trail's grade became more moderate. It then switched back several times to a point a few feet from Mt. Jim's summit (will come back to summit it if I ever do the TW72), descended into a sag, and intersected with the Beaver Brook Trail at 3.9 miles. At this junction, I met a woman whom I found out was thru-hiking the AT. We chatted for a bit and then we headed to Moosilauke while she continued to her final goal, Katahdin.

Now on the Beaver Brook Trail, it steadily climbed to the upper slopes of Mt. Blue, wrapping around it. From here to the junction with the Benton Trail, we met two more thru-hikers. On what would be scenic outlooks from the trail, I was staring into white. Near the Beaver Brook Trail's departure from Mt. Blue, a rough path marked by a cairn went up from the trail, probably to Blue's summit. We then passed by a few good ledgy outcroppings (views wre cloudy), and then we headed up toward the Benton Trail, reaching it at 5.4 miles.

Still on the Beaver Brook Trail, we headed south for the summit. After about .2 miles, we emerged above treeline, which was not socked in, and had some views. Upon reaching the summit, which had the classic sign and the ruins of a hotel, there were better views, and I saw my first undercast! The bugs, however, were awful; I had to put on my bug net to eat lunch!

After snapping a few, we headed down the Gorge Brook Trail. It passed by some ledgy areas and then switched back several times down the mountain. On the way, we saw a few Dartmouth Outing Club members digging water runoff ditches. At Gorge Brook, the trail turned sharp left and followed it, crossing it once and later intersecting with the Snapper Trail.

The Gorge Brook Trail then descended briefly from the junction, passed the washed-out closed section, and then turned left, then right over a bridge and up a slope, and right again to the Ravine Lodge Rd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Ridge Trail, Beaver Brook Trail
    Start Trailhead:Ravine Lodge Rd.  2002 ft / 610 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Gorge Brook Trail
    End Trailhead:Ravine Lodge Rd.  

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