Beaver Brook Trail to Mount Moosilauke

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Beaver Brook Trail to Mount Moosilauke is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Woodstock, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3090 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

snow

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

As an out of shape hiker, this was a challenging hike that was pretty much uphill all the way. The first 2 miles were rough and required a bunch of breather breaks, but the waterfall and peekaboo views were beautiful. There was lots of stepping up onto larger rocks and a few rebars to hold onto. Going up I knew going down was going to suck. After you hit the leanto and compost toilet, it gets easier in that there are less rocks to climb up. It’s still mostly uphill but there are some nice easy flat parts. Whoever said it was a stroll after the first two miles is ridiculous unless you’re incredibly in shape, but it is considerably easier than the beginning. Views at the top were amazing 10/10 would do again. Going down was good until the last 2 miles. Tired legs, weak thighs, and large steps down onto not flat rocks made it rough. Going down the last 2 miles was the worst for me. There are a few slippery areas near the water that have moss on them so be careful. Overall, totally worth it for my first 4,000 footer! Took us 3.5 hours up and 2.5 down I think.

4 months ago

Waterfall views were beautiful!!! Not as much foliage as I was hoping. On the way down encountered a brush fire across the way. All together an amazing hike with great views.

4 months ago

Love this trail. Straight up for the first 1.5 miles, then a nice stroll to the summit of Mooselauke. Beaver Brook Trail runs right next to some of the prettiest cascades in the Whites.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked up via Beaver Brook about a month ago. It was our first 4000 footer and it took us 9 hours total including an hour rest at the summit and a few other rests along the way. The Trail was steep and difficult but very rewarding with plenty of waterfalls, as well as rocky terrain, new growth forest that smells like Christmas and mossy forest that looks enchanted. The summit offers some rock wall shelters for wind protection which we totally advantage of. Beautiful views and varied flora.

hiking
5 months ago

The first 1.4 miles was extremely steep and slippery. There are wooden block drilled into certain sections of rocks with some rebar hand guides to help with the first 1.4 miles ascent. It wasn't until you reached the Dartmouth College observatory that the trail finally began to get much easier. I would say that the first 1.4 miles is by far the hardest part of this trail. You also have to be aware that if you go up this trail you need to go back the exact same way, there is no easy trail that runs parallel for an easy descent. I would say that the descent was much rougher than the ascent. One last note and I can't stress this enough, after you have summited and you are going back down this trail it is very easy to get lost. The Bennett trail and the Beaver Brook trail merge at about 0.4 miles from the summit. The sign that indicates which is which is obscured. So if you are going down this trail the Beaver Brook trail turns right at the 0.4 mark. If you continue to go down, you are now on the Bennett trail. The Bennett trail has blue markings on the trees, if you see a blue marking turn around immediately. I wasn’t the only one who got lost and needed to back track, so be aware of this, and your day will be more enjoyable than mine was.

5 months ago

Sentier très difficile mais très beau! Pour les habitués seulement, et expérimentés! Le sentier débute doucement près de la chute, mais rapidement après le panneau d'avertissement du degré de complexité du sentier, le trouble commence..!

hiking
6 months ago

First two miles are some work, mostly careful footing, then flats to an absolutely gorgeous summit. Fun mountain.

hiking
6 months ago

Difficult all the way up to the hut but the fall views along the way are great places to catch your breath. Gets easier a little after the hut. I'm a fairly novice hiker, took us about 2.5 hours from trail head to top of the Moose and another 2.5 back. Will definitely hike again

hiking
7 months ago

The beaver brook trail is about 4 mi to the summit with the first 2 miles being extremely steep, slippery, and rocky (a sign warns you of this at the beginning) while the second half is considerably more moderate. You will be rewarded by the views at summit, they are absolutely incredible. One of my favorite summits!

7 months ago

Extremely steep most of the way up. Would not recommend for inexperienced hikers. Great views along the waterfall at the beginning of the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesomely amazing views of cascading waterfalls along the trail. It is very slippery on the way up.

hiking
9 months ago

Went up Beaver Brook. Still a lot of snow & ice from 2500. Take spikes. Cascade is beautiful. A very demanding trail.

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

Completed this with a friend a couple of years ago. Definitely very challenging (there is a board at the beginning of the trail warning about this!) right off the bat, but does get better towards the end. Make sure you're knees are strong enough to descend down this trail, that wasn't easy at all.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The trail to Mt. Moosilauke is about 4 mi. The first half, is really steep, climbing along a brook with waterfalls. On the way back, the descent is arguably harder.
The 2nd half of the trail is much easier.
The last 1/4 mi is above the treeline, windy and freezing cold.

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

Beaver Brook trail is awesome and arduous. I took this trail up mount moosilauki. Its plenty steep. It has lots of steps and handholds to help on the tough spots. Its a nearly continuos waterfall for 2 miles. It is not for inexperienced hikers. It is well worth every step.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Gorgeous challenging trail, it's actually one of the most difficult spots in the Appalachian trail. I wasn't prepared for how steep and difficult this was so I didn't complete it but am looking forward to going back and doing so in the future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

an amazing trail and very challenging....a must!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trail was beautiful and challenging. I brought my yellow Labrador with me and probably won't do that again. Some parts of the trail are very difficult and Fido liked to get drinks from the waterfall often. I had visions of piper accidentally slipping down the falls. The dog did great but it was a little nerve racking at times. We only hiked up to the beaver creek shelter. We passed a couple hikers doing the AT. They started in Georgia and been on the trail for 4 months. In all the hike was great and the waterfall provided some beautiful views to look at during the climb.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Difficult hike because of the steepness.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Extremely difficult. Do not do this trail with dogs. Did it today with two athletic dogs and they were struggling. Very steep and slippery. Do not attempt in the rain. Descent is much harder. Ran into lots of experienced AT hikers but on a rainy day even they were having a hard time.

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