Preplanned Hike for
Gorge Brook-Carriage Road-Snapper Trails Loop
Mt. Moosilauke is one of the designated 48 Four Thousand Footers in New Hampshire. Its wide, bald (i.e. treeless) peak makes it a classic. The views from the top are spectacular. You see the imposing Kinsmans to the northeast and basically a very scenic 360 degree view. It is the most southwest of the high peaks in the White Mountains that are found mainly in the Franconia and Presidential Ranges. The Appalachian Trail goes over the summit of Moosilauke, coming up the Glencliff Trail from the west, and down the very steep Beaver Brook trail to the northeast. There are many trails leading to the summit from all directions. One of the starting points is Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, owned and operated by Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College students run the Lodge and provide dinner, lodging, and breakfast to guests from May through October. The Dartmouth Outing Club has a tradition every fall called the Moose Hike: up and down the mountain three times in one day using six trails, a total of 36 miles. The summit of Moosilauke, like many of the 4,000 footers in the Whites, is perpetually in and out of the clouds. It is also often very windy, so bring warm clothes. On a clear day, the views are impressive and vast.
Moosilauke Ravine Lodge > Gorge Brook Trail > summit > Moosilauke Carriage Road > Snapper Trail > Gorge Brook Trail > Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
Moosilauke Ravine Lodge to Mt. Moosilauke summit via Gorge Brook Trail = 3.7mi.
Carriage Road Trail from Mt. Moosilauke Summit to junction with Snapper Trail = 2.1mi.
Snapper Trail to Gorge Brook Trail = 1.1mi.
Gorge Brook Trail to Moosilauke Ravine Lodge = .6mi.
TOTAL = 7.5 mi.
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. This is a great hike and takes anywhere from 3-6 hours, depending on your speed. These trails are also very popular in the winter. The carriage road especially is a great place for skiing (downhill and crosscountry), snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even sledding.
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