Mt. Moosilauke Winter Hike

DATE: Jan 14, 2018 Sunday
END DATE: Jan 14, 2018 Sunday

Trip/Event Location: Glencliff NH

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Spencer, MA United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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Region: New England

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With a bad forecast for Saturday - I'm targeting Sunday - we shall hike!!  It promises to be blue sky on Sunday.  It is a brilliant time to be outdoors so join me for a hike up Mt. Moosilauke via the Glencliff Trail in Glencliff, NH.

The Glencliff trail is part of the AT and runs 3 miles up to South Peak to intersect with the Carriage Road.  From there we ascend the final .9 miles to summit Moosilauke.  This winter ascent along this trail has been described as “scenic and charming with enough challenging terrain to keep the blood pumping.”  The trail ascends steadily with only one steep section. This should be a pleasant winter hike to an awesome summit with spectacular views. 

The Plan:

On Saturday we’ll meet at the trail head off of High Street in Glencliff, NH.  Along the way we’ll take water and snack breaks – make time for lunch – and of course – take in the views.  Round trip is 8 miles including a short spur trail to South Peak.  While the grades are moderate, it’s a full day of hiking.  Be prepared which will include micro spikes and/or possibly snow shoes.  Total elevation gain is 3,300’.  The need for snow shoes will depend on snowfall and trail conditions preceding this hike.  After the hike if there is sufficient interest we can grab a bit to eat at a local dining spot.

What to bring: 

Food:  Bring snacks and a lunch for the hike.  A little extra is always good.  A thermos with hot apple cider or coffee is a very sweet treat.

Water:  Bring two liters.  Bottles should be in insulated – no hydration devices.

Clothing:  No Cotton!  Temps will vary from start to summit and summits are often windy.  Moosilauke can be finicky.  Bring layers, gloves, hat, face mask, hand warmers, micro-spikes, and other gear you may want for the hike.  Your pack should be big enough to carry excess gear as you warm up.   Inclement weather will cancel the trip. As always, be prepared for unexpected changes in weather conditions.  

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Directions from 93:  Route 93 North/South to Plymouth (exit 26).  Follow Route 25 west through Rumney into Wentworth.  In Wentworth, route 25 is also route 118.  Follow 25/118 through Warren and continue straight on 25 when 118 splits to the right.  In Glencliff turn right onto High Street (formerly Sanitorium Road).  The trail head is 1.2 miles from the turn onto High Street.  I will be driving a dark gray Honda CRV.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Spencer, MA

United States

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Burlington, MA

United States
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