Mount Moosilauke Hike

1.0 Overview

This outing will be a one day hike to Mount Moosilauke on Sunday 16 Nov 2003. Mount Moosilauke has a summit elevation on 4802’. We will hike it via the Gorge Brook trail and come down the Carriage Trail and hike the South Peak with an elevation of about 4500’, or we will come down the way we came up if there is not enough time to warrant going the longer way.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will hike the Gorge Brook Trail up to the top from the Ravine Lodge which is about 3.7 miles. Then after a brief stop at the summit, we will descend via the Carriage trail and if there is enough time ascend to the South Peak at 4523’. If there is not enough time to go down the Carriage Trail, we will descend Gorge Brook. Also, the access road into the Ravine Lodge may be closed, so there is a slight possibility that we will have to hike the mile or so into the trailhead. This is only a possibility if there is a large amount of snow right before the trip.

2.2 Schedule of Events

0700 -- Meet at the “Park and Ride” in Lyme (beside Nichols Hardware). Be on time!
0715 -- Hit the road. Bring a simple breakfast to eat in the car.
0800 – Arrive at Trailhead
0815 –
Start Gorge Brook Trail 

1115 -- Summit
1145 -- Depart
1230 -- Summit of South peak
1245 -- Start descent to Ravine lodge
1545 -- Return to Ravine Lodge
1715 – Arrive

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

The trip to Mt. Moosilauke is a strenuous and challenging hike, with some above tree line. There is snow on the top, so bring water-proof boots and gators to keep the snow out of your boots. Also, it could be icy at the top, so crampons or smaller in-step crampons may not be a bad idea. It is most likely going to be cold, so bring plenty on warm layers for the rest at the summit. It can also be very windy. But, we can escape the wind by getting into one of the stone foundations that are at the summit from a cabin that burned down in the 1940’s. 

Water will be important, so bring plenty of it.

The AMC guide estimates the trip to the summit at 3 hours and 5 minutes. We will need to hike strongly to make the complete round trip without having to turn back before reaching the summit.

2.4 Special Requirements

None. This outing is open to all scouts, scouters, and parents who feel prepared.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 5 November 2003

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 12 November 2003

3.3 Costs

·  None

3.4 Equipment

3.4.1 Individual Equipment

3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


3.4.3 Troop Equipment

·  First Aid Kit

3.5 Transportation Plan

Drop-off Point: Lyme Park and Ride lot adjacent to Nichols Hardware.
Drop-off Time:
7:00 AM
Pickup Point: Scouts will be delivered home, unless otherwise notified
Pickup Time: Probably about
5:30 PM

4.0 Leadership

4.1 Planning Committee


4.2 Adult Leaders

SMIC: Gregg Hoge

Bill Scavone