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This trail can be described in one word: STAIRS! I hiked this trail after a morning on the Welch/Dickey loop. This was my first of the NH48 so it was tough on me especially after a full morning of hiking, but the accomplishment that I felt upon reaching the summit was unparalleled! Views are obscured by trees but beautiful nonetheless. I had beautiful summer weather on my side, too. Highly recommended for hikers beginning their exploration of the 4000-footers, but may be underwhelming for more experienced hikers. This took me 3.75 hours total on tired legs, including about 30 minutes at the summit.

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6 days ago

Hiked from 8:30am - 1pm. Well packed for almost the whole trail, a few areas of dry, unpacked powder. Microspikes were the perfect traction. Small side trails not packed, would need snow shoes for those. Not too difficult of hike, though there are some steep sections.

Hiked December 4 2018. Two fit 64 year olds. We came across others during the hike, which was a straight shot up Crawford Path rather than the loop. Cold day with 17 degrees at base and single digits at top with strong winds. Lots of snow but well packed trail. Only needed Microspikes. We layered up particularly when we came close to the summit. Needed shell, face mask, and other. We came across several 30 year olds who were fine without shells and hats until a mile from the top. At summit all hikers were dressed for arctic conditions. Experimented with various water bottles. Insulated bottles inside pack were fine. Insulated cycling bottles outside pack were fine until we approached summit and they froze completely. Be prepared for arctic weather in winter.

Great Beginners hike! Was pretty packed when we went up.

hiking
14 days ago

The trail is so well packed that one could do it without any traction at all, but I brought crampons and found them helpful, especially on the steeper sections. I felt like I got a great workout out of it, but it did not feel quite like an inspiring wilderness experience - you skirt a developed ski area, and are also in the trees for most of the hike. There are not many views except from the summit.

Trail was packed well from recent trampers. Snowshoes and spikes never came out. 3.5 hours out and back. Not much on views but still a fun little hike. The resident red squirrel at the summit is quite the friendly fella.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is marked with yellow blazes and has several different names. peaceful and beautiful.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great fall hike with limited views at the peak. There is a small stream crossing at the start but the rest of the trail was pretty dry with a little snow pack on the last 30 percent of the trail.

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.

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
1 month ago

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

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.

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...

Great hike, definitely more moderate level than hard...absolutely fantastic views!!! Took us about 2.5 hours of actual hiking tound trip...the fire tower at the top is a great spot to take some photos. Less trafficked trail than Mount Morgan, where we actually were planning on hiking but it was completely packed for parking-this trail is only 8 minutes from Mount Morgan/Mount Percival...Highly recommended!!

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.

Skipped the Mizpah loop and just took the Crawford path up to the summit and back. I'd describe the hike as unrelentingly moderate. It's never very steep or challenging, but once you get on the Crawford path it's up and up and then up again. . Excellent views of the Eisenhower and Washington and an exposed alpine zone just before the summit.

We did Asquam Ridge to beaver brook to Gorge brook. It was a 9.2 mile hike, 5.5 hours. You could probably do it quicker, but we had a mini snow storm during our hike. Gorge brook was a lot easier trail than Beaver brook. Beaver brook was very rocky with some scrambling (took us about 49 minutes to go 1 mile on that portion in the snow) . We didn’t get views at the summit, but getting two seasons in one hike and facing your fears by summiting a mountain when your tears are freezing and you can’t see more than 15 feet in front of you, gives you a huge adrenaline rush. I was terrified on the way up because of all the snow, but coming down I was so happy with excitement because I was so proud of myself. This hike will for sure make you feel accomplished!

Awesome hike! Gradual easy incline up Gorge Brook trail. This trail has the best views headed up. We went down Carriage Trail to Snapper to head back to parking by the Ravine Lodge. Took us about 5.5 hours with a stop for lunch at South peak. Highly recommend doing the 1/10 of a mile sidetrack to see the views!
One tip - don't miss the Gorge Brook trail- go over first bridge, take a left, you will be walking along the brook, about 100 yards, take a right up to the trail. If you're walking along brook awhile, you've missed the turn. Have fun!

hiking
2 months ago

I went with friend during fall expecting a great fall foliage view. But there is no views on this trail. Even the top is covered by trees.

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