Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2016-11-07

Climber: Scott Dresser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, November 7, 2016
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

Parked at new trailhead since the Ravine Lodge is gone and a new lodge is being built. Construction crews were using the road when I arrived at 7am. The new parking adds about 1.5m to the trip since you can't park at the normal turnaround. After arriving (first and only car in the lot) I walked up to the trailhead only to realize I left my hiking pole in the car. Walked all the back (+1.5m) to get the pole, not a good start. Decided to get up to Moosilauke as directly as possible since I could see that the summit was snow covered. Decided to take the Gorge Brook trail and it was very easy going, never steep. Around 2900-3000' ft the ground was snow covered and by 3300' the trail was snow covered. Hiked to about 4200' (just below East Peak) before putting on traction. East Peak was completely covered and trees encased in 8" of rime, very pretty views of Franconia Ridge and Presidentials.

Walked the remainder of the way up to the tree line before putting on my shell pants and zipping up. Cold (25F) and windy on top (20-30mph) of Moosilauke but it was easy to get out of the wind. Searched for and found the geocache at the top before heading back down the Carriage Road. Took another stop at South Peak to take in the views and find the second geocache. Rest of the way down was easy on the Carriage Road and Snapper Trail.

Overall very easy hike, about 9.7 miles (probably closer to 12m with my pole mistake). Took 6 hours with 1 hour searching for geocaches and hanging at the top. Only saw 5 people (and 3 dogs) in 3 parties the entire day.

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View of Mount Moosilauke (center, snow covered) and the East Peak (right) from the South Summit. You can just make out Mt. Washington to the right of the East Peak (2016-11-07). Photo by Scott Dresser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
clear, 20F and 20-30 mph at peak
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2957 ft / 901 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2457 ft / 749 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Route:Gorge Brook
    Start Trailhead:Ravine Lodge  2345 ft / 714 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2957 ft / 901 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2457 ft / 749 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Route:Carriage Road / Snapper
    End Trailhead:Ravine Lodge  2345 ft / 714 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Moosilauke

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Moosilauke-East Peak2016-11-07 
2Mount Moosilauke2016-11-073457 ft / 1054 m
3Mount Moosilauke-South Summit2016-11-07 
Total Trip Gain: 3457 ft / 1054 m    Total Trip Loss: 3457 ft / 1054 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Scott Dresser
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