Hike Mount Moosilauke via Gorge Brook Trail

7.4 miles 2400 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Kelly Haugen

Mount Moosilauke will provide you with panoramic mountain views consisting of the White Mountain and Green Mountain ranges.

Mount Moosilauke is a 4000 footer located in the White Mountain Range of New Hampshire. The summit peaks at 4,802 feet with a prominence of 2,933 feet.

If you're new to exploring the White Mountain range this will definitely be a great introduction to what it can offer. The Gorge Brook Trail is the easiest and most common trail visitors will choose to hike.

George Brook Trail:

The trailhead is located off Ravine Rd. via NH-118. Right next to the trail you'll find the Dartmouth Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Make sure to check it out! All visitors are welcome to eat, rest and even stay the night at the lodge.

Once on the trail, expect the total hike to take up to 5 hours round trip covering around 7.4 miles. Throughout most of your hike you'll predominately be in the cover of trees. Don't worry though as you'll be accompanied with the scenery of ravines, creeks and (closer to the summit) a couple glimpses of the mountain views to come. The trail itself is pretty gradual right until you near closer to the summit. After you hit the treeline keep trekking past the misleading false summit. Your final ascent to the summit is a short distance from here.

Note: Mount Moosilauke is a great hike you can do in the winter months for the experienced winter hiker. Be cautious of local weather conditions and make sure to prep your gear accordingly.

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My first 4K

Excellent hike! This was my 1st 4000’ and WOW! The only downside is the amount of people on the summit...and parking. We parked 1 mile from the trail. So from car to car we did 9.9 miles.

Awesome Hike

Definitely a great intro to the White Mountains! The trail had a steady incline (nothing too drastic) and there's lots of cool views on the way to the summit.

Great intro to the Whites

Like Kelly mentioned, this is a great hike to start with if you're new to the White Mountains. Beautiful views at the summit. I would highly recommend taking the short detour to South Peak on your way down--more awesome views!

Beaver Brook Trail

We chose to ascend via Beaver Brook Trail instead and it was HARD to say the least. We are avid hikers in the Whites, Adirondacks etc. and this one surely gave us a run for our money. We parked at the trailhead off 112 and paid the $5 parking fee. As soon as we entered the woods, a downpour ensued. Thinking it was just a small shower passing through (we had just checked the forecast, zero percent chance of rain!), we put on our rain coats and trudged on, not knowing what we were in for ahead. Running with our heads down in an attempt to stay dry, we also missed the sign warning of "tragic results" for inexperienced hikers or careless people. The trail ascends rapidly and many times you are only a few feet away from the gushing waterfall. This provides beautiful views, but they aren't joking when they say one wrong step could leave you dead. This is especially dangerous in the pouring rain, and descending this way is the same if not worse. We were shocked that this 7.6 mile hike took us almost 7 hours (this includes about a half hour rest at the summit) to complete, but taking into account the terrain and the weather we really ended up just being glad we didn't die or injure ourselves. All negativity aside, the summit made the trek completely worth it. The views from the summit on a clear day are incredible. The Pemi loop looks so close you think you can touch it, and on a really clear day Washington doesn't look too far either. I would hike Moosilauke again but truthfully I'd likely opt for an easier trail the next time around.

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