Shelburne Moriah Hike
52 With A View DATE: 07/25/2020 - 07/25/2020
Trip/Event Location: Gorham, NH
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
Shelburne Moriah is the crown jewel of the northern Carter-Moriah Range and offers stunning vistas in most directions from its summit and nearby ledges!
This is a strenuous trip with 11.2 miles...
We will be meeting at the Rattle River Trail head on the south side of Route 2, 3.6 miles from the junction of Route 2 and Route 16 in Gorham. The trailhead is about 152 miles from the MA/NH border on RT93 and it should take about 2 hours 35 minutes to drive there from the MA/NH border. We are driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.
Shelburne-Moriah Mountain (3,735 ft elevation) is a terrific peak! It ranks #5 on the "New Hampshire 52 with a View" list. It would unquestionably see a lot more hiker traffic if it were easier to access! But with COVID, we were fine with less hiker traffic!
Our approach was to take the Rattle River Trail and Kenduskeag trails up from Route 2, near Gorham, NH. This involved an 11.2 mile round-trip hike with an oftentimes tricky crossing of Rattle River about 1.7 miles at the outset of the hike.
This past Saturday (July 25, 2020), seven of us started from the Rattle River Trail. We followed an old logging road at easy grades and reached the Rattle River Shelter at 1.7 miles. We then crossed Rattle River and another branch of the brook at 3.2 miles. The climb became more moderate over a long stretch of rock steps and getting much steeper as the trail became a relentless climb out of the valley eventually reaching the junction with Kenduskeag Trail at 4.3 miles.
It was then onward and upward to the top of Shelburne-Moriah. Many segments of the Kenduskeag Trail were beautifully "laurel-lined"! Many portions of the trail had long stretches of boardwalk. And although the insertion of man-made structures can sometimes be unattractive, I thought that some of the wooden pathways were quite picturesque.
The top of Shelburne-Moriah is so expansive and is so attractive! There are acres of bare rock interspersed among pockets of low-growing vegetation. This arrangement provides a wealth of nooks and crannies to explore. Without too much exaggeration, just exploring the top of Shelburne-Moriah could almost be a hike unto itself!
By roaming around this sprawling mountaintop, you can get views in all directions. One view that dominates is the scene looking westward where the tops of the northern Presidentials loom on the horizon!
The ending of this adventure on our return was after we crossed the Rattle River and took a refreshing dip on a gorgeous swimming hole with a delightful cascade. Afterward, most of us went to Mr. Pizza for an early dinner on their outdoor deck along the Androscoggin River.
To sum it up, this was an enjoyable hike. It supplied a nice variety of views. Finding the picturesque swimming hole for a refreshing dip was awesome. Thanks everybody who joined!!!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Thanks to Mother Nature for the pleasant journey, beautiful destination, and sunny/breezy weather, and thanks to Mike and Jon for connecting all of us! A great day in fun, lively company who were also super-appreciative of the day’s beauty. - alex4mts
- "Cotton ball clouds" - JDNnh
- A beautiful day spent exploring mushroom filled woods, dramatic water carved gorges, expansive sun drenched granite slabs, heart thumping steep ascents and cottom ball clouds. So many laughs with outdoor lov'n buddies. Can't wait for the next adventure! - JDNnh
- Superb hiking day with great company and squishy muddy conditions! - jmahoney
alex4mts Jul 28, 2020 at 5:38 PM
Comment: Thanks to Mother Nature for the pleasant journey, beautiful destination, and sunny/breezy weather, and thanks to Mike and Jon for connecting all of us! A great day in fun, lively company who were also super-appreciative of the day’s beauty.
JDNnh Jul 26, 2020 at 8:36 PM
Comment: "Cotton ball clouds"
JDNnh Jul 26, 2020 at 8:35 PM
Comment: A beautiful day spent exploring mushroom filled woods, dramatic water carved gorges, expansive sun drenched granite slabs, heart thumping steep ascents and cottom ball clouds. So many laughs with outdoor lov'n buddies. Can't wait for the next adventure!
jmahoney Jul 26, 2020 at 1:21 PM
Comment: Superb hiking day with great company and squishy muddy conditions!