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Mt. Moosilauke

A fun loop hike with an optional epic backcountry ski descent if you choose the right time of year
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  This hike takes you up the Gorge Brook Trail from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead to the summit of the massive Mt. Moosilauke which used to... more »

Tips:  Ravine Lodge Trailhead:
Take exit 32 off I-93 to connect with State Route 112 heading West. After just 3 miles turn onto 118 which... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ravine Lodge Trailhead

2. Summit of Moosilauke

At 4,802 feet you are at the top of this massive dome of a mountain. There is a large cairn marking the summit and you may be able to discern the foundation of an old summit hotel. From here you are going to descend to the South Peak and then head down the Old Carraige Road to the Snap trail back to the Trailhead. If you brought skis, click in ... More

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3. South Peak

This peak at 4,523' is too close to the main peak and doesn't have enough vertical above the col to be considered a seperate 4,000 footer but it is still worth the short walk to the top to check it out. Walk back to where the carraige road starts down and get ready for an awesome ski descent/long walk down.

4. Old Carraige Road

Start your descent down this wide old carraige road but watch for the next POI on the track and the trail sign for "Snapper ski trail" that will bring you back to the Ravine Lodge Trailhead. The picture here is the ascent up South Peak from this junction, the other is looking down the carraige road in summer.

5. Snapper Ski Trail Exit

At this junction get off the Carraige road onto the Snapper ski trail going into the thicker woods (narrower trail) to bring you back to the Ravine Lodge Trailhead. If you keep following the road by accident you may end up far from your vehicle.