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, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.3 miElevation gain3,313 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Amanda Hatfield
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HikingMuddySnow

Went 4/10 and about half of the trail was a slushy snow, micro spikes helped but it was still slippery. It was very worth it because the views from both the south peak and the top were beautiful! Be ready for some lengthy incline throughout the hike :)

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Pete Girard
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked Friday 4/9. First mile from the parking lot was no problem, cruised right along. About 1.5 miles in, hit monorail ice and snow. That's a good spot to get the microspikes on because there's just more snow and ice from there. Loose grainular so did a little slidding around, traction is a must. The warm weather did a good job melting down some of the snow but there's still plenty of it on the trail. Pretty clear at the top. Removed microspikes .5 miles from the summit on carriage road

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becca mdphd
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockySnow

Beautiful views at the top! Perfect day. Used microspikes starting about mile 1.5. There were people hiking without, but I don’t know how. The half mile or so before the ridge line is steep packed snow. I was glad I had my poles for the way down.

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Victoria Tisdale
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Hiking

Great trail! No views today but it felt like spring!

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Ceci Lia
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Packed snow. Icy in some areas, granular snow above 2000 feet. Used light traction throughout.

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Molly Rubenstein
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Hiking

Incredible views!! Long consistent climb, but lovely long walk along the ridge line at the end. Super windy up top, though, and somewhat treacherous frozen trail! Spikes needed, snow shoes might be good as the snow starts to soften.

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Ethan Goldman
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HikingGreat!Snow

A beautiful hike! Perfect weather and no snowshoes needed. I lost one regular brown Birkenstock somewhere near the summit. Please email me (epgoldman@gmail.com) if you find it!

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Amy L
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J Temp
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BackpackingSnow

The Glencliff trail is one of my favorite white mountain trails, and today it did not disappoint. Good steady grade pretty much the whole way up to the ridge (@ 2.7 mi.) Gets a bit steeper for the last km to the ridge. Snow shoes not required today, hard pack with a few blow over spots. A bit iced over at the summit, spikes are a must at this point. Windy, cold and socked in at the top this morning but 100% worth the effort. Only disappointment was to find someone not cleaning up after their dog on the trail when I was coming down - come on people, really? pay attention to Fido when you are hiking with him, you surely know his "schedule". Anyhow - enjoy it!

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AllTrails User
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Hiked 2/28/21. Well packed snow with 100% cover from bottom to top. Easily doable with microspikes, crampons or appropriate snowshoes. Barebooting would be a bad option. On the upper half of trail to tree line you’ll be waste deep if you step off trail. Excellent trail to glissade down on your but or small plastic sled. Once above tree line rime ice covered hard pack. Magnificent hike if the weather is good and clouds are above summit level. Highly recommended.

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Amy Kaz
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HikingGreat!Snow

UPDATE: A very kind hiker found my snowshoe and brought it to the trailhead, and another kind hiker posted on social media that it was there, and then my kind BF picked it up today! Thanks to all! Great day on a great trail! Only thing was, the butt sledding was so good that I lost one of my snowshoes off my pack. Looked and looked but we couldn't find it. Please let me know if you find it! bright blue MSR EVO Thanks! Amy

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Chris DeMacedo
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Luis Torres
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Pietari Sulkava
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Hiking
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Scott Berzansky
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Colby Buccheri
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HikingSnow

Trail was very steep and did not give you many breaks. It was definitely a grind of a hike. Im 21 and in pretty good shape and it was a hard hike for sure. Trail was snow packed. Pretty much zero ice on the trail. Micro spikes were plenty

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Riley McGurn
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Running

Was a wonderful trail! The snow was packed down, my Kahtoola Exospikes gave me the confidence to push myself. Microspikes would do you well!

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Stacey D
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HikingSnow

Needed microspikes but wasn't icy just needed extra traction at the steeper spots. Really windy at the top. Just a short section is a bit steeper near the top of South Peak.

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Julie Day
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Rock climbing

Better in the winter than Summer. Less rocky!!!

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