Gorge Brook Trail to Mount Moosilauke is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Woodstock, NH that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A fun loop hike with an optional epic backcountry ski descent if you choose the right time of year. This hike takes you up the Gorge Brook Trail from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead to the summit of the massive Mt. Moosilauke which used to have a hotel at the top believe it or not. You will still be able to see the old foundation up there. In the winter, from the top you can descend/ski to the South Peak to check it out before skiing powder and heading down a wide carriage road and ski connector path to the bottom.
I have to agree with Stefanie-this is not a Moderate Trail. It's not the elevation or distance that is the issue-it is the endless broken granite rubble that makes up the trail. My wife and I hike every week and have never encountered a "trail" that was made up of such uneven and semi treacherous footing. It's not slippery, but the extremely uneven rock footing forces you to look down constantly on both the climb and the descent to avoid breaking an ankle instead of soaking in the great scenery.
Hike was great! Wasn't to difficult getting up or down. Got to the summit right before a cloud came in, so I got a brief view of the surrounding area and it was amazing.
Just to give anyone planning on heading up there soon, they are doing some sort of construction so parking is prohibited in the normal parking area. They've set up parking halfway between the beginning of ravine rd and the lodge.
This is not a moderate hike! There are areas where the incline is moderate, but the last mile of this hike is straight up a very steep staircase of rocks. This was extremely difficult to get down, if you have weak knees or ankles this will be a treacherous journey out. We have been hiking for over twenty years, I would compare the rating of difficulty to that of Falling Waters. Also, the walk in and out was an extra 2.5 miles round-trip. This is a ten mile journey! I sure wish the rating scale was more accurate... there's no way this could be considered the same level of difficulty as the Mt. Pemigewasset/Indian Head trail.
Good hike, but it was so humid the day we went that we were barely up the trail before we were dripping with sweat. The last bit above the tree line provided a welcome breeze.
Crowded, but 5 stars for the incredible summit. Lots of room up there - even if there's 70-80 people (which there may be).
This hike had everything. The summit was incredible. It got really cold, cloudy and windy but made the whole hike!! Loved this hike!!
took the gorge brook trail to the summit excellent hike . The trail was well maintained with a couple of spectacular views below treeline. The views from the summit are breathtaking. Also had the opportunity to me some AT thru hikers at the summit, great day .
Moosilauke Ravine Lodge > Gorge Brook Trail > Summit > Moosilauke Carriage Road > Snapper Trail > Gorge Brook Trail > Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
GPS track of this hike: http://goo.gl/WEa5EC
A few blowdowns (courtesy of Irene) and water hazards. Otherwise, quite nice.