Friday, July 15, 2011

#10 Mooselauke October 1, 2008.

#10 Mt. Moosilauke  (4,802') via Gorge Brook trail, 10/1/08.

Mileage:  7.4 miles RT

Elevation gain:  2,400'
Trailhead:   The Ravine Road leaves NH Rt 118, 6 miles from the junction with NH Rt 112 and 6 miles from the junction with NH Rt 25.  Parking is along the side of the road, near the Ravine Lodge.  This road is closed in winter.

Hiked with Rich and our friend Debbie.  The trailhead was packed with cars on this busy fall day.  Since it is such a popular mountain I wondered if I would be comfortable hiking with the crowds. I was.

Dartmouth Outing Club's Ravine Lodge is at the trailhead. Inside it was dirty, damp and old.  We didn't spend much time there; we were eager to start up the trail.
The path is pretty mellow with good footing. We followed the crowds to the open summit where we immediately hunkered down behind the rock remnants of the old summit lodge.
Cairns dot the summit area.
Many people on the summit.

Clear view today!


Two crazy people stretching their quads for the hike down.
It was very windy at the top and we huddled as we ate our lunch.  We didn't stay long and headed back to the car.

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