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We went mid-October...it was a beautiful fall hike albeit a little slick/dangerous at the top with ice and angled rocks. We moved at a decent pace and finished up and down at almost exactly 4 hours. It’s not very steep like some other hikes in NE...lots of dogs on the trail (including mine)

hiking
7 days ago

Moderate hike with some steeper sections in the final third. There were ladders going over the steepest sections. The summit itself is entirely wooded with a small cairn. However, there is a nice outlook right before the summit itself. Most of the hike was icy/packed snow, so micro spikes are definitely recommended.

Hiked November 11, 2018. Good amount of snow on the trail but trail was well maintained. Took us 5 hrs 15 min (took 3 hrs to summit). Parking lot was full and saw about 10-12 people on the trail (some with dogs). Moderate incline throughout with some plateaus (never very steep and no steep boulders to climb as some of the other 4000s). First mile is mix of mud, water, ice and snow and then the trail becomes more a more packed/firm ice/snow. There was probably about 6 inches of snow throughout the second half of the hike. I used my micro spikes and hiking poles majority of the time. Was thankful for my hat and gloves. If you walk about 2 minutes past the Waumbeck summit sign there is a nice lookout (I think of a Washington). Was cold but manageable with a layers. Almost all of the trail is under tree line but it was beautiful under the snow covered trees and the mounds of snow. Agree with others that this was a good winter hike - if you have micro spikes.

Great trail! I would not recommend it to a novice hiker/group of hikers! Be careful of the weather as I am camping here at the campground in white out conditions. I had to get to the campground early where things are sheltered by a valley(hence Valley Way) at about 4130 ft. Campground is about 3.8 miles from Appalachia Trailhead. Believe it or not I still haven't ascended a peak due to bad weather, but I still rate this trail as excellent as I ran into a nice man from the AMC cleaning up this trail for free in his own free time. Excellent views during good weather, Airline especially.

hiking
10 days ago

Took us about five hours up and back down with several breaks. A little steep in parts but overall not bad. A little icey towards the top but didn’t even break out our spikes. Good hike for a dog. Our 50 pound hound was able to jump up over every rock on his own and didn’t tire out. There were several other dogs on the trail as well. The only disappointment of the day was the very unfriendly dog at the summit which the owner had off leash and who confronted our dog. The viewpoint halfway up was nice as were the views at the top. The summit is small so probably better on a weekday when it’s less crowded.

Peak bagging is what sent me to Moosilauke, and I'm really glad it did. It was about 31* at the trailhead (Gorge brook trail). about 2 miles in i had to stop and put on my micro-spikes. From there to the summit it was ice/snow. Really perfect fall hiking in my opinion. The Gorge brook trail was a steady easy to light moderate ascent. The summit is exposed and was windy when I was there. I only had about 30 meter visibility due to the clouds but the hike was great. I made my way over to South Peak which was an easy add on using the Carriage road trail. I continued down the Carriage road trail which offered some views below the clouds. To get back to the Gorge brook trail I took the Snapper trail. Which creates a nice little lollipop loop.

Tips: Park up by the ravine lodge as close as they will allow.

There are 2 trail entrances. One is down in front of the lodge. The other is at the end of the dirt road...which redirects you to the other entrance. Either method will get you to the trailhead.

Be careful after crossing the bridge to the Gorge brook trail. It is not marked but you will need to make a right turn to stay on the Gorge brook trail. If you continue walking along the river you are going the wrong way.

Well marked trail. Very rocky and filled of roots. Definitely suggest spikes. Nice views and plenty of Gray Jay's on the trail! Would definitely do this trail again in nicer weather!

This is a great hike with interesting terrain and views. That being said, there are some things to point out! This hike is pretty consistently steep. It's a shorter trail so of course you need to gain that elevation quickly. I took Hi-Cannon up and Lonesome Lake down. There was snow on the majority of the trail and ice for the majority of the upper half of the mountain. I brought spikes and they would've helped but I managed to do it without them just fine - my hiking poles assisted me enough. The trails are technically marked but the markers must be very old and worn away because I only saw a handful the entire time, but the trail is easy enough to follow where you shouldn't get lost. There are also signs at every intersection.
Kinsman Ridge trail is extremely steep going down towards Lonesome Lake trail. You have to use your hands in a lot of places and if you have a dog with you it may be difficult, although I did see a Golden Retriever on the trail but the owners said he had some trouble.
The ladder section is fun as you are on the side of the mountain and have spectacular views for this segment with a couple pull-offs for breaks/photos.
At the top there is a look-out tower and a lodge (this is a ski mountain) that has a snack bar, bar, bathrooms. On my trip this was not yet open for business for the season but the doors were open so we could at least warm up and take a break. There is also a tram that you can get a one way ticket for at the top if you do not want to hike down, although this too is only open in season (not when I was there.)
There are plenty of spots to enjoy the lake especially if you decide to take the trail around it instead of just by it, probably adding a little less than a mile.

I had some trepidation leading up to this hike, as this was our first early winter hike in the White Mountains, and we were taking my son to celebrate his 10th birthday (this marked his 6th 4000 footer!). That said, I did my research and made several trips to REI to ensure I had the right equipment. Layers were definitely required and we wouldn’t have been able to complete the journey without microspikes. I’m grateful to the employee at REI who talked me out of the Yaktrax brand and insisted we needed the actual spikes. The journey through the trees covered with ice and snow made for an added degree of difficulty but is doable. The entire loop, and short trip to South Peak took us about 5.5 hours, allowing us time to take several short breaks. The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is simply because we had no visibility at the summit. But thats not the mountain’s fault! The cold whipping air and frozen over summit marker just added to our memories of a great hike!
As an aside, I’d highly recommend staying at the Ravine Lodge and getting some warm food and rustic comforts!!!

hiking
13 days ago

beautiful hike. a little snow towards the top, but a great hike for the family.

Not a terribly hard 4000ftr. Good for winter hiking. Did it in 3.5 hours with a 10 minute break at the top.

Good hike - pretty easy - at least as far as the 4,000 footers go. Snow and ice at the top. Wish I’d warn waterproof shoes/boots but at least I had wool socks. The trail was a brook in spots from recent rain. Also there were a couple of difficult brook crossings as the water was high and fast. I assume those crossings aren’t usually as difficult as they were this day.

Fantastic early winter hike! The hike itself is definitely more on the moderate than difficult level but the winter conditions added a degree of difficulty. Required spikes and layers - would not attempt without. Completed the loop in just over 4 hours including a beer break:) would stay at the base lodge next time!

I went on November 3rd after it had been raining for a few weeks, so no surprise there is a lot of mud and water, and ice and snow towards the top. Definitely steeper on the first half, but then becomes more moderate. I went on a grey day because I saw that it was recommended for a rainy day hike, and as summits are below tree line, it’s not like you’re missing out on amazing views and can instead appreciate the trees in the mist. My Garmin said I had done 8 miles in the end, but I’m not sure where it got that from.

This hike is well worth steep terrain. It was cold and rainy and it was still beautiful hiking next to the cascades and falls the entire way up.

on Mount Garfield Trail

19 days ago

Started in the parking lot with beautiful fall foliage and peaked at the top in 6 inches of snow! Gorgeous but I recommend bringing spikes and poles. Round trip in 5 1/2 hours. Gate still open.

challenging and rewarding

Nice hike in the snow. Chose this as a quick single peak option due to norEaster. Has a nice wooded Walk. Ok views, pleasant enough. Good hike for those just starting out hiking high peaks.

Great hike! Very wet and slippery though. The view at the top is fantastic. Be sure to bring your wind jacket, it’s very windy and cold up there.

Second time but this time made it to the summit, first time we ran out of time and head back down. This time it was a total white out at the top. We made it at 100pm to the summit could not see the feet in front of us. Snowed the day before about 6 inches. We were prepared with extra layers, snow boots, spikes(which I didn't have to use).Very icy and slippery. Not for the faint of heart, with the snow up to our knees in some parts. Don't let the bottom weather fool you. Check the weather before heading up.

hiking
26 days ago

Better than expected. Nice hike through the woods on a fall day. Great streams.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome hike even without being able to see any views at the top due to weather. I thought this trail was a steady climb from almost beginning to end. Not hard but a constant climb. I’ll definitely do this one again with my dogs

hiking
28 days ago

Went yesterday. Started out on Ethan Pond Trail and then went up Mt. Willey. Summit is a pile of rocks in the tree lines. There's was very little snow and ice on the ground. In the first 1.6 miles, lots of fallen leaves. The section after has the snow/ice. It was a good hike. Moderate in the beginning and steep near the top. You have to climb up roughly 6 man-made ladders. Because of snow and ice while climbing them.

Great hike. Some clouds and snow squalls, so limited views, but overall great hike. Total time was 4.5 hours including a few stops along the way. For a 4000 footer, would most definitely recommend as a good starter.

Great hike but very icy in late October!! Definitely not too technical. A good starter 4000 footer!

Definitely one of the best loops in the White Mountains. Expect a short road walk, since you can’t park at the Ravine Lodge. Once at the Ravine Lodge, I would recommend ascending Gorge Brook, the “steeper” of the two. Gorge Brook is pretty easy as far as trails go in the Whites, with no scrambling and lots of switchbacks. You follow the brook for the first half. The summit is pretty spectacular, with about 100 miles of visibility, and views of the White Mountains and Green Mountains. The Carriage Road is a very easy descent, very wide and low angle. It’s a ski trail in the winter, so it’s designed to meander along the mountainside at an easy grade. The 0.1 mile spur to South Peak is definitely worth doing. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes hiking. Also, if you want a fun adventure, do what we did and make it a sunset hike!

This one is easy if you are used to doing 4000 footers. Really barely any steep inclines and the trails are not the large rocky ankle-breakers that I'm used to. My 10 year old said it should have been marked "easy". I was longer than normal though of course... but still took us only 5 hours total even with 30 minutes break at the top. Will do again since we missed the South Peak shoot-off...

Very nice trail 10/10 nature

Just did this trail today and it was great! Definitely started as a crisp fall hike but winter conditions up by the summit right now- so be safe! Took me a little less than three hours with a mix of running/hiking. Presidentials looked gorgeous, as always.

Low 30s, I thought it was perfect weather for hiking. Got warmed up once we got moving and don’t stay too long in one place because you will get cold! Gloves/mittens were a must. Hiked in this order: Avalon, Field, willey, then Tom. Went the wrong way passing willey adding an extra mile but we did the whole thing including breaks in about 8 hours. Got to feed a bird at the top of mount field! Bring bird seed! The three 4000 footers did not have good views but Avalon was very pretty. Personally wouldn’t hike it again but glad to get 3 4000 footers out of the way.

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