Mt Moosilauke—28 Sep 13

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1.0 Overview

This outing is an autumn climb of Mt Moosilauke. Mount Moosilauke, at 4,802 feet, is the western-most 4,000-footer in NH. On a clear day the alpine summit affords hikers stunning views to the east, of the Franconia Ridge and Presidentials, and to the west, of the Green Mountains of Vermont and, in the distance, the Adirondacks in New York State. Moosilauke is not large, but winter travel on Moosilauke or anywhere is a very different ball-game from summer hiking, but with the right gear and a little training it can be safe and entirely enjoyable. The advantages are that when the weather is clear, it is usually very clear indeed, almost always without the summer haze. There tend to be fewer people on the mountain in the winter and, with snow on the ground, the place can be just plain gorgeous.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

This loop, the simplest and most popular, starts at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. It climbs the Gorge Brook Trail and descends the Moosilauke Carriage Road, Snapper Trail, and back to the Gorge Brook Trail. The Gorge Brook Trail is a beautiful and moderate hike that winds up the south side of the mountain, reaching the summit in 3.7 miles. About a half mile before the real summit, a scrubby false summit is reached. The trail flirts with treeline through rocks and scrub pines until suddenly you come over a rise and the bare, rocky, alpine summit is directly ahead. The summit is very exposed, often windy, and offers a 360 degree view. Leaving the summit, the Carriage Road heads off to the west, walking along the straight, flat ridge for almost a mile before its junction with the Glencliff Trail to the right and the descent really begins. Bear left and remain on the Carriage Road. The Carriage Road, as its name implies, is a wide, grassy, rocky path winding in wide curves down the southwest shoulder of the mountain. A mile past the Glencliff Trail junction, turn left onto the Snapper Trail. This trail leads back to the base of the Gorge Brook Trail, completing the roughly 7.5 mile loop.

2.2 Schedule of Events

Saturday 28 September

0800 -- Meet at the community center. Gear check.
0830 -- Depart.
0945 -- Arrive at trail head Ravine Lodge.
1000 -- On Trail.
1130 -- Lunch on trail.
1400 -- Summit.
1415 -- Begin descent.
1630 -- Arrive at trailhead.
1700 -- Depart for Hanover.
1830 -- Arrive in Hanover

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This is a rigorous climb not to be taken lightly.

2.4 Special Requirements

Open to all Boy Scouts, Scouters, and parents.

3.0 Administration and Logistics

3.1 Announcement Date: 25Sep13

3.2 Roster Closing Date: 25Sep13

3.3 Costs


3.5 Equipment

3.5.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A uniform for travel.
  • Water and packed lunch
  • Clothing for cool windy conditions

    3.5.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.5.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • AMC Map 5
  • 3.6 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Community Center
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Sat 28 Oct 13
    Pickup Point: Community Center
    Pickup Time: 1830 Same day.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Rioghan

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Mendelsohn
  • Mr. O'Toole

    Approved DLM 10Sep26

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