South Moat Snowshoe
Hiking/Walk DATE: 03/04/2012 - 03/04/2012
Trip/Event Location: Conway, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
A top-of-the-world feeling and unobstructed panaroma of peaks in every direction except north, where Middle and North Moat loom.
A little under three hours from Boston, this bare cone [2770'] is...
The southern terminus of the Moat Mountain Trailhead is located in Albany, New Hampshire, about 15 minutes northwest from Conway village.
From Rt. 16 in Conway:
- In Conway village, on Rt. 16, turn north onto Washington Street [traffic light] which is directly opposite the junction for Rt. 153 [a left-hand when traveling North; a right-hand turn when traveling south].
- After 0.2 mile, bear left onto West Side Road.
- Follow West Side for 0.7 mile, then bear left again [onto Still road].
- When that road ends after 0.6 mile, turn left onto Passaconaway Road which becomes Dugway Road.
- Travel 2.2 miles on Passaconaway Road, and then turn right into the Moat Mountain parking lot.
It was a great day to climb South Moat with the guys. Good call to change from Saturday to Sunday with the weather. Arrived at the trailhead to find the trail had not been traveled after the snow, so snowshoes were a must. The temp was relatively warm, in the upper 30s, and the sun made an appearance on occaision. Once we started up the trail, we made good time, although there were several pauses to adjust layers. It got to be very warm while climbing so that many of the guys were just in shirt sleeves. The snow packed down well under the snowshoes and we made good time. I must say there were several times we hoped the summit was just at the next rise, as we were growing tired and hungry! We finally cleared the summit and joined two others and a dog for the views and our lunch. There was hardly any wind so we were able to linger for some time and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. What a reward for the endeavor! Worth every drop of sweat! After packing up, our trip down took half as long as the trip up! All in all it was a great day. Looking forward to climbing it again!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
jpkant Mar 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM
Comment: It was great to see old friends and meet some new ones! Looking forward to the next adventure!
Bobcat Mar 5, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Comment: Thanks Mike & Jon for organizing this trip- John & I had a great time- we had never hiked this peak before. We loved the views from the open summit & the challenging climb!!