HIKES & EVENTS

MOUNT MORIAH WINTER WARM UP

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DATE: Dec 17, 2022
END DATE: Dec 17, 2022

Hike/Event Location: Gorham NH

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Gandalf
Thornton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Manchester, NH United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 12

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

Hike Difficulty Level:

Strenuous

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Summary

Winter is near! Join us for a frosty visit to Mt. Moriah via the Stony Brook and Carter-Moriah trails. The ascent of this peak near Gorham is very scenic, affording excellent views both along the way and at the summit! The small rock nub of the summit of Mt. Moriah [4049’] has good views of the Presidentials, the Mahoosucs and especially the high wooded Carters! Expect frigid winter conditions. MicroSpikes will be necessary.  

We first hike 3.5 miles in a hardwood forest up the Stony Brook Trail to the Carter-Moriah Trail. We then have a magnificent walk along the ridge crest between the Stony Brook Trail and the summit from the ledges atop the south cliffs overlooking the Moriah Brook valley, Carter Range and the Presidentials!  

We’ll have lunch on the summit. Carry at least 2 liters of water [use hot water and place your water bottle in a thick wool sock, insulated thermos or water bottle parka], lunch and snacks. A small thermos of hot liquids is a welcome treat at the summit!

We will return the way we came.

Total distance: 10 miles
Book Hiking Time: 6 ½ Hours
Vertical Rise: 3,100 ft.

Don't forget to wear warm layers [NO COTTON OR BLUE JEANS], gloves, warm hat, rain/wind shell, water, lunch, snacks, and anything else you would bring for a cold weather hike. We are packing hand warmers for our gloves. Winter insulated boots to keep your feet and toes warm recommended. Since this is an introduction, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on the clothing and gear to bring!  

Après Hiking Dinner:  Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Red Fox Grill in Jackson, NH. 

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday night. The fee is $25 for Friday night and $25 for Saturday [$50 for the weekend]. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

Winter Hiking Clothing/Gear Tips and Recommendations

For winter hiking, you are basically wearing the same clothing/gear you did in summer except you need to have additional layers to keep your core body warm, dress in synthetic layers [no cotton], wool hat, and gloves [we highly recommend buying the chemical hand warmers for your gloves]. The only piece of gear you will have to buy is MicroSpikes [Kahtoola is a popular brand], which are essentially cleats that you attach to your boots to prevent falls from black ice encountered on the trail.  That being said, if we had significant snowfall just before the hike, you will need to buy/bring snowshoes! Winter hiking boots is something you may want to invest in later on, since it helps keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable.

One of the biggest mistakes beginner winter hikers do is overdress. You don’t need a heavy winter jacket since you will be heating up naturally during the hike. Wear thin, insulated layers so you can easily regulate your temperature. If you overdress, you will start sweating and actually make yourself get colder. Assess if your summer daypack is big enough to put your clothes in as you warm up and if not, then that is probably another investment you’ll have to make for this trip.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Drive south from Gorham on NH 16 for 2 miles. You cross the Peabody River just before the Stony Brook Trailhead  on your left.

Or drive north to Gorham on NH 16 past Dolly Copp Campground on your left. Before crossing the Peabody River you'll see the Stony Brook Trailhead on your right.  

It's a large parking area. 

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


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