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Mount Moosilauke and South Peak Loop is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near North Woodstock, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 2,506 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

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Nature trips

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Snowshoeing

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River

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Getting There

Please note that the lodge and parking lot has been reported closed as of May 20th, 2020. 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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Alexis Hill
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HikingClosedRocky

I wouldn’t have labeled this trail as hard. More on the harder side of moderate. There’s no scramble, not really many difficult pets. The decent was just LONG, steep, and rocky. Moosilauke summit was windy as anything and the south mtn summit was really cool. The added 1.5 miles due to the gate being closed was definitely a challenge on the way back in. Total was 9.1 miles and took me a little under 5 hours.

Lele T
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HikingBugsRocky

So happy we finished it! We started really late around 2pm and along the way people said we shouldn’t start it because it is a long loop! Mind you, I wanted to but I’m really determine to finish the 48 4K footer. This is my 2nd one! Take the trail on the left when it split! Easier in my opinion. With the added 0.7 mile each way to get to the car was a killer! This is an amazing trail! Worth every sweat!

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Shuchi Gupta
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HikingBugsGreat!

This was a really great hike. Most of the hike was shaded and towards the end is when you are basically walking along rocks towards the summit, and the summit was absolutely breathtaking with uninterrupted views of the valleys around. There were a lot of bugs throughout the hike but nothing that one cannot handle. The parking lot for the ravine lodge was closed which is why we had to park 0.75 miles away from where the trail head starts. Overall the hike was not very tough, it was just very long, but it was absolutely worth doing it for the views at the top. We took approximately 5 hours round trip. This should be rated as moderate not hard.

Sena Oran
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HikingGreat!Rocky

easy-going trail can easily be a day trip. we opted to arrive around 3PM and the lot was emptying. hiked to the summer and South Peak, took long breaks at both. On the hike down, we found a secluded, offtrail spot to camp. finished the hike down in the morning. 10/10 would recommend this hike again.

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Jay Navali
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Heath Gray
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Greg Drover
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HikingBugs

Lodge was still closed. Parking is .75mi south of the lodge. I did the loop in counter clockwise but it doesn’t matter really which way you go. There was not any bugs until it got warm (70s) then they were everywhere. I hike slow and took a 40min break. The total hike was around 9mi which I completed in about 5.5hrs. Overall the hike seemed easy to me. I did not use poles or my hands.

Kate Bade
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Hiking

Such a beautiful hike, and a gorgeous alpine summit with 360 degree views! I liked the Gorge Brooke trail especially — the other one going down was not as pretty. This hike had a moderate incline, with parts that were flat and parts that were steeper. It took me 4 hours round trip at a moderate pace, minus time spent at the summit. I arrived at 9:15am on a Friday and the lot was already full and cars lined the street—parking wasn’t an issue as street parking seemed to be fine, but it meant there were quite a few people on the trails and the summit was crowded, so I would suggest getting there early. Parts of the trails were very narrow, too, so bring a mask as social distancing isn’t always possible. Because of Covid, the lodge is closed, so you do have to park a mile or so down the road from the trailhead, but it’s a fairly flat walk so didn’t bother me at all.

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John B.
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Mack Meller
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Hiking

Great hike. As others have said lodge is still closed due to COVID so that adds about 1.5 miles roundtrip of easy road walking from the parking area in front of the gate. Arrived at 7am on a Monday and there were already about 5 other cars there so get there early if you want the trail to yourself. Outstanding views from the summit in all directions, was partially clouded but cool to see the peaks of the Presidential Range jutting above the clouds. Trail itself is fairly rocky and was a little slippery due to the recent rain, but it wasn't nearly as hard or steep as some other White Mountain hikes I've done (such as Franconia Ridge and Tuckerman's Ravine). Took me about 1.5 hrs from the lodge to the summit via Gorge Brook. After stopping at South Peak (definitely worth it) came down Carriage road all the way to Hurricane Trail which is slightly longer than Snapper but avoids the crowds going up on Gorge Brook on the way back. Also: after your hike stop at Moose Scoops ice cream for some delicious soft serve just 15 minutes from the trailhead in Warren. You won't regret it.

Igor Stojanovic
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Hiking

Great 5 hr hike, 360 views. My favorite moment was the view once you hit the alpine zone. Not so steep. Second time I hiked it, and want to come back again. If you go soon after this post bring your net, to cover your head and protect from the bugs

Olivia Marie
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike this morning. Started at 5:45am down by 9:30am, a little under 4 hours including a snack break at the summit of Moosilauke. Went up Gorge Brook to the summit then took Carriage Rd to South Peak and then descended on Snapper. I would say this is one of the easier 4000 footers, nothing technical and a moderate incline. Beautiful views from Moosilauke and South Peak. Bugs weren’t that bad but started to get worse as the heat picked up. Only two cars when I arrived but parking lot was packed when I got back to my car. Recommend going early! AMC Lodge is still closed so you’ll add about a mile or so walk each way from the parking lot.

Kevin Johnson
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HikingBugs

Hiked Gorge Brook to summit of Mt Moosilauke, proceeded down the Carriage Road to South Peak, and then down the snapper trail back to the ravine lodge. It was hot — car thermometer said 91° when I got back this afternoon. At the summit, the bugs were on steroids. The Ravine Lodge along with its amenities remain closed so as the prior reviewer said, add in some additional miles to get to the actual trailhead. NB there is a portopotty on the access road, if needed.

William Corson
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HikingBugs

Among the best mountains in New England! We had a pretty hot day with black flies on the summit... but still a very fine day. Going up Gorge Brook and down Carriage and Snapper recommend as Gorge Brook is a much nicer rise.

Kyle MacKenzie
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Ryann Ferreira
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Hiking

Hike done on 06/14/202 did gorge brook up and snapper down, also summited south peak. Overall moderate hike did have a tough time on the knees on descent lots of small rocks. View from top was amazing, little cloudy but definitely top ten views. Overall took five hours with a long break up at the top, bring a light jacket for the top gets chilly. Do this hike early when we reached the parking lot at 1:30 PM it was packed.

Stephen Morelli
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Hiking

Perfect for the first hike of the year. This was actually a breeze, but not boring, and totally worth the 360 view up top. And a very generous hike back down , not so bad on the knees. Never very steep, almost wish it were more vertical. One thing every person should know is that you will have to park about 1-1.5 miles from your car to the trailhead. So add a couple miles to your assessment. Loved it.

luke woodward
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Hiking

very easy trail, no scrambles, no snow, a little muddy here and there and a little chilly at the top. since the lodge is out you have to walk down a service road a little under a mile to get to the trailhead.

Dan Sullivan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Went up the Gorge Brook Trail, and came down Snapper. Weather at the top wasn’t bad but can be super windy. Light breeze today maybe 5-10 degrees difference in temp at the summit than the trailhead, so a couple layers and a windbreaker were perfect. The loop is way less trafficked than going up Gorge Brook and back. On the way down had about 30 minutes of not seeing anyone at all in either direction which was awesome. As others mentioned the gate is closed so there’s a mile or so hike to the trail head. I wasn’t sure which way to go, so when the gravel road splits about 0.7 in, stay to the left (where the homemade red Stop sign is) and it’ll take you down to the trailhead. It says no bathrooms on the gate heading up the road, but there’s a porta potty right at that split in the gravel road. Didn’t check it out but sign on it says it’s being cleaned frequently. 5 hours total round trip with a couple short rests going up, a 10 minute break at the top, and maybe one short break going down. Great views despite slightly overcast day.

Kevin Neil
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Hiking

Socked in up top and a bit chilly today, but otherwise great hike with steady, not too steep inclination. Too rocky of a trail to safely run.

Meghan Drysdale
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this trail!! Great for beginners to the Whites. Beautiful views, windy on the top. So lovely. Highly recommend.

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Katy Driscoll
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Hiking

Walk from gate to trailhead 1 mile. Did not do South Peak. Black flies at parking but too windy at peak. Saw ice/snow under some trees at peak but not on trails. Trails mostly dry. Entire hike from car to peak, up Gorge down Carriage to Snapper then past Ravine Lodge to car-10 miles

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Katie Nehring
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