Mount Moosilauke and South Peak Loop is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Glencliff, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.2 miElevation gain2,506 ftRoute typeLoop
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/whitemountain/home/?cid=stelprdb5183538 It is recommended to use microspikes and crampons on this trail in snowy conditions. A fun loop hike with an optional epic backcountry ski descent if you choose the right time of year. This hike takes you up the Gorge Brook Trail from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead to the summit of the massive Mt. Moosilauke, which used to have a hotel at the top. You will still be able to see the old foundation up there. In the winter, from the top you can descend/ski to the South Peak to check it out before skiing powder and heading down a wide carriage road and ski connector path to the bottom.

Parking is on one side of the Ravine Rd., although the road is gated in the winter.

There is a $3 per day parking fee here.

Take exit 32 off I-93 to connect with State Route 112 heading West. After just 3 miles turn onto 118 which you will want to follow for 7.2 before turning right onto Ravine Road. Take I-93 to exit 32, North Woodstock, connecting with NH SR-112/118 West. In 3 miles turn on to SR-118 which you will follow for 7.2 miles before turning right on to Ravine Road. Ravine Lodge is at the end of this road. In the winter, the Ravine Lodge Gate is closed 1.5 miles from the Lodge which will be added to your total distance if you ski it, but realistically this only adds 1.5 miles on the way up as you will be able to ski down the road pretty easily on the way out to your car behind the gate.

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Haley Smith
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Stunning views, well tread trail, super windy at the top.

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Dave Cannistraro
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Great hike. Not too steep.

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Christina Briscoe
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Gabriel Drown
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Beautiful day to hike! A little cloudy but once up top it cleared and the view was beautiful! Easily done in spikes.

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Jess Lewy
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HikingGreat!Snow

A really beautiful day for hiking! Most of the way up sunny and warm (ish)... almost hiked in a t-shirt! But once we got up towards the first lookout definitely got chillier. Beautiful views from many spots along the trail, but we got to the top right when some clouds were rolling in bringing icy shards of snow! Opted to take Gorge back down because of the "white out," didn't want to get lost along the way. Didn't use snowshoes -- just crampons and definitely tore up the trail a bit in the lower altitude due to warmer weather. Road to the lodge was closed so that added about .6 each way, but gave us a moment to catch our breath and reflect at the end :)

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Ansel Barnum
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Spectacular blue sky and blazing sun belied the brutally cold, barren, desolate summit pounded by a blistering wind chill. Goggles, layers, and snow shoes were essential for keeping comfortable on the mountaintop shared by skiers, sledders, and snow boarders.

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Anna M.
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Note that Ravine rd is closed 1/2 way to Moosilauke Lodge, so it's ~1.5mi r/t from the closed rd gate to the trailhead. Made for a ~9.5mi total loop. I did the loop clockwise: snapper > carriage, down gorge brook. Only wore crampons which was totally fine. Only the top of each summit was icy

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Michael Jaskolka
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Carol Carman
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HikingGreat!Snow

More people barebooting than expected. Chewed up the trail to bits, but the first view was so nice. Total white out at the summits but it made it kind of exciting. Can't wait to go back again when everything is in bloom.

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Alexandra Ellis
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SkiingGreat!Snow

Beautiful wooded and snowy wonderland, snow shoers packed down the snow, I wore my icebugs and brought snow poles, super windy at the top with great expansive views, took carriage down, wouldn’t recommend, doesn’t say it but mostly carriage is for backcountry skiers.

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Aaron Smith
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Well packed by back country and cross country skiers. Summit was a frigid wind tunnel. Great area. The lodge below looks like a nice place to stay when it’s open.

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Brett Bowersox
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Shawn Concannon
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Tough day. 20-30 below up top. 20 feet vis, needed goggles, snowshoes in section. Went down snapper. 3-4 feet drifts.

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Bob Mountain
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Great hike, fresh snow so definitely needed snow shoes, above tree line was extremely windy with snow and low visibility, quite a few hikers turned back, we pushed through but it was rough going.

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Dave NH
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Philip Royer
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Tyler Smith
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Tried to drive up Ravine Road but didn’t have chains for my front wheel drive sedan so turned around. Anyone else able to make down ravine in late December / early January without chains and with a sedan?

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Bernardo G
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Frank Zhou
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Jon R
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Great hike with beautiful views. Top of the mountain is extremely windy and cold so be prepared. Water in camelback tube froze so be prepared for that as well. Definitely bring a ski mask.

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Evan Shortes
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Jesse D
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perfect day! Ravine road is plowed to the gate. trail is mostly packed down. spikes definitely, snow shoes optional.

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Derek Wilson
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Definitely a challenge in the snowy season, but very worth it. Spikes recommended and hiking boots mandatory.

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