Mount Moosilauke via Glencliff Trail and Appalachian Trail

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Benton State Forest

Mount Moosilauke via Glencliff Trail and Appalachian Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Woodsville, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,313 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, you no longer need micro spikes. Just a few ice spines left.

hiking
blowdown
icy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

Some blow down starting around mid point of trail that is also where packed snow/crusty ice starts. Need micro spikes or it will not be an enjoyable experience. Just before reaching the final flat part of the trail there is a very steep icy section that during my descent was so steep/slippery that even with spikes I couldn’t walk very fast. Didn’t get views because of the clouds today at the summit, hope to return when weather gets better!

hiking
blowdown
icy
8 days ago

Trail in great shape until around 2mi. There is also a tricky blow down around where the ice starts, so be sure to pay attention to the white blazes. Get an early start so ice is in good shape for spikes. Once the trail meets with the bridal path there is a good packed monorail before the final ascent to the summit is free of snow. Descending around noon had the ice starting to melt and leading to a very difficult (and slippery!) descent, even with spikes. Overall, a very fun trail with great views!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
9 days ago

24MAY20 Trail is in decent shape. Ice (2-3 in packed) starts 2 miles up, gets deeper and eroding monorail goes all the way to ridge. Ridge has mix of snow and mud; summit approach is dry (last 0.5 mile). Melting as day went on made for challenging decent. Traction absolutely required (probably through June 1 at least but check other trail report sites). Not overly crowded, but few people other than us wearing masks when passing. Beautiful views, gorgeous day!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
28 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Moderate climb all the way to the south peak and then a shallow climb to the summit. Great views! Parking: The parking lot was empty upon arrival and return. Snow and ice started around 2800' and continued to the top. Micro-spikes are a must, but full-sized crampons aren't necessary. Snow gets increasingly deeper towards the top until it is up to 4' in some places. However, the surface is fairly packed so that it is a combination of soft ice and slushy snow. Other than the occasional posthole, its easy to stay on the surface, and snowshoes are certainly not necessary. Water crossings weren't too bad with waterproof hiking boots. A good portion of the trail was covered in water, but only to a minimum depth. There were also a few places that required a little rock hopping. Only one major blowdown - a big tree that isn't too difficult to navigate around. Otherwise, only a few logs to steps over.

hiking
blowdown
icy
snow
1 month ago

Pretty quiet trail for a Saturday morning, only saw one other person (hey Nick!) until the junction with the more popular Snapper/Carriage Rd trail, and there was decent traffic to the summit from there. Trail was dry until around 2300ft where there were patches of snow and ice, that quickly became full snow coverage. In the AM the snow remained firm until around 3300 ft where it starter to get soft and mushy. The final 0.9 miles after the junction with Carriage Rd/South peak had a mix of hard pack and soft snow, I opted for snowshoes at this point but it was doable without, with some sinkage. Seemed like as the day went on the snow got softer and snowshoes might be best for midday hikes for the next couple weeks. Blowdowns were managable and water crossings were easily passable. Beautiful views!!

first mile was a mix of ice and dirt path before switching over to ice and hard packed snow. crossings were easy. hillsounds all day but could havw switched to snowshoes for part. 4-5 blowdowns but easy to get around

Was able to get the hike done in micro spikes but with these temperatures it’s starting to get soft. Long sleeve shirt bellow the tree line and very windy above

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Challenging hike, especially in the snow. Very few spots to stop and take a breather.

Sunset! 17FEB2020 1719 just barely made it!

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Microspikes the whole way. Some icy spots were challenging on the descent.

Excellent trail. Easy to navigate. Used micro spikes without any trouble. Bottom mile was slushy, but then it turns ice/snow.

Beautiful gradual hike. Very windy up top but too much fog to see anything.

hiking
5 months ago

My first official winter 4000 footer! The first couple miles up Glen cliff are gradual. At mile to it gets pretty steep for .7 miles until you got the junction with Carriage trail. The hike to the summit is beautiful. Be prepared for wind as the summit is very open. Next time I will sled down the carriage trail.

Moosilauke for winter #25!

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