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Did this trail yesterday 5/16/18 and we started at noon. We made a stop in the beginning for about an hour so my friend could boil water along one of the streams. Closer to the top there are more snow banks than not over the trail but completely doable without crampons etc. We stopped again for lunch once the treeline receded at about 4500 ft. and summited Moosilauke by 5. Going down the carriage road trail we were out just before 8. Beautiful trail great views. I'm not entirely sure but far far out North West I believe you can see Lafayette

Did this trail yesterday. Some great views with some relatively okay spring conditions. Monorail was kind of a pain and caused me to slip in a couple of places. Footbridges that cross the brook need to be fixed because they all feel mostly unstable.

Great hike with nice views along the ridge. We did this hike in December. There was snow but it was a warmer day so it was fantastic. We had the trail mostly to ourselves wish I’m sure isn’t the case in the warmer seasons.

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9 days ago

we took gorge brook up and carriage road to snapper trail down. Do not recommend taking gorge brook without spikes, very icy! Sprained my ankle slipping into deep snow and passed by a few other hikers with the same problem. Beautiful view but very windy, might want to pack an extra jacket!

I skied this on May 9th and I’ll never forget it. Definitely one of the coolest things you can do in the east. I hiked most of the way with my boots on my back until I reached the snow. The trail itself is fairly easy with a few rocks here and there. After The Hojo Hut, the section of trail called “Little Headwall” didn’t have any snow so it was very tricky in ski boots. In the winter and spring, generally you climb what you ski. I was able to climb Chute and ski Center Headwall. I also did Left Gully. If you are climbing Chute or The Lip, you’ll definitely want an ice axe. Left Gully can easily be done without one. In early spring, you can ski the Little Headwall, after mid April you have to hike down. I was able to ski the first half of The Sherburne Trail, then I reached a closure rope and had to cut over to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The Sherburne Trail might only be partially open or completely closed since it is a “ski only” trail and hiking will damage it. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It is a long day. Don’t put on your coat until it’s time to start skiing, you will get very sweaty if you wear it on the hike.

I did this hike today May 9, 2018. It was extremely icy and still has very deep snow which kept breaking and going all the way up to my thighs and cutting my leg the whole way. I think this hike would be amazing when all the snow melts but it was very hard today and almost not enjoyable. I am an avid hiker so is the girl I went with but it was still very hard because of the soft snow and ice. It’s also at least 3.1 in AND out, according to my tracker I did over 8 miles. Just a heads up.

Gate open at base. Still lots of snow during ascend via George Brook on 5/5/18. Spikes and poles suggested. Summit clear of snow and very windy. Excellent views. Descended via Carriage Road and Snapper. These trails were more gradual and wide.

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20 days ago

This is not a hike to do in spring season. Very very slippery and dangerous even with crampons. Trail is very steep and there is a nice waterfall at the bottom but other than that it is quite average. Not my favorite.

Semi hard hike but absolutely worth the effort! The hike offers many diverse experiences as you climb, both regular hiking and a bit of rock climbing. The weather at the top is extremely erratic so go well prepared to deal with it. If you have not been hiking regularly, highly recommend easier hikes in the White Mountains first to get prepared for this one. Our group encountered heavy fog and a bit of mist at the top on a clear summer day, with close to zero visibility for the last mile of the hike.

We were 16 people. 8 kids 11 to 15. 8 adults ranging from out of shape to top shape. We did our hike on a sunny 20 degrees April 28 day. The path was still filled with snow which was a bit of a challenge going up but fun sliding down on our buts on the way back. We made it to the bowl and back in about 5 hours.

The part after the refuge was more difficult, narrow and steep. Slowly but surely we made it.

Hiking boot, multiple layers of clothing and plenty of water was a must. Cleats and hiking sticks were also a good thing to bring.

Pick your day good weather will make all the difference in the world especially if you are not an expert.

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29 days ago

Great family hike

Took Tuckermans via lions head up and down. Awesome hike, more like a climb- especially the last mile.

Hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Apr 23rd. Trail was snow covered from the Pinkham Notch VC parking lot all the way up. Spikes helped tremendously. From the base of the bowl, we climbed the Left Gully up and snowboarded/telemark skied Left Gully back down. Extremely steep but 'oh the Corn! Additionally, we were able to ride the Sherburne Trail all the way back to the car. Bucket list item complete, however it's so rewarding it will turn into an annual spring trip. A truly unforgettable day under a cloudless blue sky.

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1 month ago

Incredible day on Saturday for a hike. The view from the top was crystal clear and the trail was packed and a bit slushy. Would highly recommend doing this before all the snow melts over the next week or so. Great little hike. Didn't use spikes or snow shoes.

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1 month ago

First time hiking Mt Moosilauke. Phenomenal hike. Still a lot of snow along the trail on 4/22, but well packed down. Icy at the top and so beautiful. Used crampons + trekking poles and was fine. Be aware that the gate to access the lodge is closed (at least it was when we hiked), so expect to add at least 30 min to 45 min to your total trek time.

For a short distance to the top of this 4k you will be packing a punch, it is quite steep, but the path is well-marked, no issues with that! Need microspikes, the snow was melting in a lot of areas though so it was REALLY slippery, I gotta say this mountain surprised me with how hard that last part was, it just keeps going up and up and with melted snow well..... I was extra slow! View at top was amazing and worth it and the decent was a breeze!

Amazing hike to hojo’s. Steady climb the entire 2.4 miles. Great views.

hadn't done yet. looking forward to the climb in late May. wish me luck I don't get eaten by lion, tiger and bears.... oh my.

Found hard in areas. Started at cog railroad. It took me seven hours.

A beautiful day, and no regrets. Definitely would rate this a moderate trail. A little slushy down bottom, but not muddy yet. A steady incline for most of the trail. It firmed up enough where we could use micro spikes and not do any damage. You can tell this trail is used by a lot of casual hikers. Lots of post holes and doggy presents. It’s all good, glad to see people taking time to enjoy the mountains. I prefer a little more solitary experience myself, but it was a pleasant day with friends and sunshine. And we got to check a 4K off the list, so happy Easter and happy trails!

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1 month ago

Based on other reviews and the description I thought I was going to have to break the trail. This has seen a lot of traffic and I even passed about 20 people. I'd still say use snowshoes and if you are winter hiking you really need them. I mention that because of all the foot holes in the trail. But yes, a good hike, but not worth doing again.

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2 months ago

Great day for a hike! The trail is perfectly flat snowpack right now. Hiked in winter boots with micro spikes, which was perfect. No ice, just a nice smooth trail the whole way up!! Hiked with 2 dogs, 1 hr 10 minutes up, 45 mins down. Great views of snow capped presidentials in the distance. Passed a couple of people in snow shoes and one guy skinning up.

Awesome views once your at the top of A Peak but its a tough hike heading up to D Peak that can take alot out of you.

This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

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3 months ago

Hiked this one in December during the beginnings of a storm. Majority of the trail was unpacked snow roughly 10-12 inches in depth. Even with spikes the descent was tough, limited reward at the summit due to visibility. Great workout and a good story to tell nonetheless.

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3 months ago

Damn, but that last mile was a killer.

This was my very first hike ever, and I didn't quite expect a 30°-45° ascent to get to the summit. But I did it, so I guess that makes me a hiker now.

It was beautiful, though, what with meandering streams and everything covered in snow. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 20s. Spikes are essential.

Completed July 2017. Took Tuckerman’s Ravine to Lion Head Trail and onward to summit Mt. Washington. Breathtaking views. Hard trail, cloudy at the summit, with clouds breaking slightly.

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