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My favorite 48-4000 footer so far!! This hike was easier than expected which was nice. Well maintained trail, good footing, and a lot of rock steps. The first few miles the trail follows a river and you cross it a few times on bridges. The bridges could be redone they are a bit sketchy, but they do the job. The summit of the mountain is gorgeous! Highly recommended. The only bad part of this hike was the parking. We had to park almost a mile away from the trail head due to many cars for the Ravine Lodge.

Spent five hours on this loop two days ago with drizzle. The trail was wet and the summit was foggy and windy and chilly. But we were surprise to met a Dartmouth College student at the summit as an “Alpine Steward”. She was sitting in the foundation of a burned away hotel and answered some of our questions. I admired her spirit of protecting the fragile alpine vege on top of the mountain and had to hike all the way up to meet different hiker and educated them. Thumbs up for her! Then from her I knew that the snapper trail and carriage trail were wider in 1920-1940, so people can drive jeeps to the summit! Amazing facts! Of course, the way down was much easier than way up. Also loved all kinds of mushroom beside the Carriage Trail. Enjoyed the brooks below 3300 feet. Anyway, this is a memorable hiking, especially feel the real “rain forest”.

loved this trail! Definitely the right level of difficulty for me. Need to try this peak on a more clear day for the amazing view

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3 days ago

I did this hike on July 28th with my wife, daughter (3 years old) and 2 dogs. Pretty muddy due to rain the previous night, but the trails are marked well and an amazing view at the top! The scramble at the top is worth the work! overall a great hike!!

Great hike for a rainy day! There weren’t any spots too wet or slippery even in just my sneakers. I just wish I had listened to my gut and taken the Gorge Brooke trail down; the Carriage Rd to Snapper trail was pretty boring. I’m planning to go back next month with my daughter on a clear day to check out the view. Definitely doable for young kids and dogs.

Decided to do this one to check off my second 4000 footer. Unless you are tall than the views are very limited. The beginning was not too steep but as it continued on further it had increased in steepness but also had lots of stone steps to make it a bit easier. I actually did not think it was marked well in the very beginning or in the very end but on the main trail in the middle it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know if I’ll do this one again but I’m glad I did it anyhow and it was a nice day and overall a nice hike. BTW- The summit is extremely small and seems even smaller when there are other hikers up there with you. Nonetheless, a great workout! Got it done in under three hours and probably could’ve done it in 2 1/2.

Beautiful and moderately easy hike to the summit of Moosilauke. We went up Gorge Brooke and then down Carriage Road to Snapper Trail. Incredible views at the summit and a few openings on the way up and down. Would definitely do this hike again.

shit was WACK. May wig was GONE. That aint for fuckin walkin. Ya'll need to CLIMB THIS BICH. Do not recommend unless y'all hate breathing/tryna catch some relaxing time with your baby daddy. BYEEEEE

Great hike. Challenging trail that is poorly marked and there is no official trailhead. The views are worth it!

8/6 Monday 90 degrees, summit was absolutely beautiful! Took Gorge brook trail up and carriage down. Enjoyed the evergreen smell most of the way to summit

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10 days ago

As others have noted, this is actually a 5.2 mile round-trip, not 4.4. It's a small difference, but worth correcting.

Regardless of the distance, it's a very good trail. It's fairly short but decently steep and technical. It was a warm and humid day today, but the trail is largely very shaded, so it wasn't overly hot, despite temperatures in the high 70s or low 80s. Perhaps the thing most worth noting is the top of the trail, which does indeed have quite a scramble. It's very do-able, just something to be aware of. Once you get up, there are tremendous 360 degree views, which are well worth the effort.

Be sure not to miss the waterfall just off the Webster-Jackson split, 1.2 miles in. We found it on the way back, and it was a great way to cool off near the end of the hike. The water was more than a little frigid, but it's a pretty little and a lovely little pool. It's definitely worth the detour.

My 5.5 yo and 8.5 yo and I hiked this together. Gorge Brook up was difficult for those little legs, but with lots of pit stops for water and snacks, they made it up in under 4 hours. When we got to the summit my little one exclaimed "This is the Best. Hike. Ever! Thank you mom for taking us on it!!" Worth it. Back down Carriage and Snapper took them about 2 hours while singing every disney song they knew. Best. Day. Ever.

Wonderful hike! Beautiful landscape and great summit! Nearing the summit reminded me of Scotland with rolling fog and green everywhere, above tree line.

Very rocky and lots of roots. The view at the top is well worth the climb though!

This hike ended up being a little more challenging than expected but still enjoyable none-the-less. Killer work on the legs and was shakey half way through coming back down (For a 26 yo in decent shape). DEFINITELY bring tons of water! Between two people we drank 3 bottles each just going UP. This was on Wed, July 4. Not many other hikers on this trail. Limited views at the top but still beautiful. The reason I gave this hike 3 stars is because when my boyfriend and I were at the top we read 2 signs to hike back down and we chose the sign leading to “Ski Area Parking” because we were parked in the Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot. However, this trail actually lead us down the backside of the mountain and popped us out onto Tripoli road where we were about 6 miles from our car. When we looked at the sign at the bottom of this trail where we popped out it then showed an arrow pointing back up the trail we just came from that said “Ski Area Parking 5.6 mi.” We were tired and frustrated that the signs were confusing but we also should have gone back down the same trail we came from in the first place. The signage could definitely be more clear though. So we had to hitch hike back to our car and luckily some very friendly people camping on Tripoli road gave us a lift. We did however find that the camp sites on Tripoli road were really awesome and secluded from the next campsite enough to feel like you were out in the wilderness. I would definitely camp there! Overall it was a great hike with just the set back of coming down the backside of the mountain to where the back country ski trails are located. I think it took about 4 hours total hike (not including the ride back to our vehicle).

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is relentless. False summit almost got me, quit a steep decline after that but kicks back up when you get close to the top. The view was limited but from what you can see boy it’s beautiful. I really enjoyed the hike, it’s as foresty as it gets. Smells like a Christmas tree the whole way. They say this is easy but I didn’t find it easy, I found it quite steep and strenuous. Left at 6:45am landed back at my car at 12:20.

Great hike. Summit is very windy (30+mph). Took Gorge Brook up and Carriage road down. Very rocky the whole time. Paths well marked. View from the top was beautiful. Would do again. Did the loop in 4 hours 30 minutes. We took a few breaks and relaxed up at the summit out of the wind.

hiking
19 days ago

A VERY challenging hike on a hot day and the day after a rain storm. Much more challenging than the White Dot, White Cross trails because it's a lot longer...8.8 miles. Don't do it on a 85 degree day like I did.

Beautiful hike! Gorge Brooke Trail is a moderately steep climb, with a few great views along the way. The trail itself is gorgeous (pun intended). It follows a rushing creek for awhile, and the woods themselves are breathtaking. We went up South Peak as well on the way back down. Not too many views today, but it was work a 1/10 mile walk up. Carriage Trail was not as interesting of a trail, but boasted some great views. Saw three moose on the drive out on Ravine Rd!

crossed another 4k of the list but can't say this is one I would do again. not a challenging hike but very limited views for a 4k..

Good, moderate, straight forward hike with nothing steep. Excellent for dogs and when you have a variety of experience levels. Mooselauke has a truly lovely view in every direction...most of the Whites, the Greens and the Adirondacks. On a nice day, just delightful. Be wary in bad weather, though. The summit is very broad and exposed.

Moderate/rigorous loop—not much for switchbacks so fairly steep. No scrambles, but lots of bigger rocks so going up so felt like a stair-master. Very alpine, a lot of the trail smelled like Christmas trees. Beauuuutiful summit. Did Gorge Brook to summit and carriage road/red snapper trail down, about 4.5 hours total.

This is a good trail that I would divide into two sections. The first mile or so is moderate, however, the rest of the 1 1/2 miles is a tough uphill hike. It seems every time you look up it is just another endless stretch of incline! I was pleasantly surprised at the summit as some of the reviewers seemed disappointed. It had nice views, but was small. As someone already stated it was crowded on a beautiful Saturday morning. The descent is much easier, just watch your footing. It took us about 3 1/2 hours with a few breaks and a 15 minute stay at the summit. Definitely worth the trip.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun 1/2 day hike, we went up through the ski resort (Waterville Valley) parked at lot 1, trail head in directly behind, up and back in about 5 hours with a few stops for views. Moderate trail, once the climbing starts it gets fun, lots of steps, well maintained and blazed trail.

Challenging and scenic way up to the summit. Lots of stairs and rocky inclines. Pretty great views, but a little busy at the summit on a weekend. Took the ski trails back down the mountain but I would not recommend this as it is all tall grass weeds. Checking one off for the NH48.

nice easy hike, do it semi-often. Did it alone in an hour and 45 up recently. halfway down heard what I can only describe as two monkeys calling to each other...

hiking
26 days ago

Out and back to the summit – accurately described as moderate, with steep stretches, plenty of shade, and substantially better views than other reviews on here led me to believe. Really enjoyed this hike and did it in under four hours with a few breaks and a longer pause at the peak. Lotsa hikers headed up on our way down. We started our hike at 6:15 a.m. and reached the summit before 8 a.m.

Nice hike with rewarding views for not a ton of effort. Up gorge and down carriage to snapper. Trail a little confusing Around the Ravine Lodge. Lots of construction on access road. Blue bird Day.

More strenuous than anticipated. Summit views made it worthwhile.

Not much of a view at the top, I’d already hiked it years ago in heavy rain. Much better today.

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