Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2009-06-28

Climber: Matt Konchak

Others in Party:Mark
Date:Sunday, June 28, 2009
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

Left Boston 2:15 AM and drove to the Beaver Brook Trailhead. Started at hiking at 4:56 AM. Still a little dark out so used a head lamp for about 15 minutes. I had hiked this mountain years ago and don't remember the route I took but the trail was very steep and wet which made for slow going. Some great waterfalls along the trail. Stopped for a minute at the Beaver Brook Shelter. The hardest part (other than coming down the slippery trail) was over at this part. The rest of the way was moderate to easy and the weather held until we got above the treeline. The summit was in a cloud so there was low visibility but not dangerous. You could see 2-3 cairns far. It wasn't raining but the cloud was leaving moisture on us and the wind made it very cold. We saw one other hiker who had been on a 75 mile trek so we took each others' pics at the elevation marker and then left pretty quickly. Going down was tough because of the wet trail but especially because I was gassed. I would like to come back soon on a sunny day and when I get in better shape. We made it down by 10:15 and I was home by 12:45 in Boston. All in all one of the hardest hikes I have ever done (mostly due to my lack of conditioning) but also one that I can't wait to do again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3100 ft / 944 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route:Beaver Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Beaver Brook Trailhead  1702 ft / 518 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, White-out
Low visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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