Trip Report: Mt Moosilauke

Mt Moosilauke. Benton, NH. 2019-01-17 (Thursday.)

Via Glencliff Trail, Approx 8 miles, including South Peak.

1 dF +/- at the trailhead, 5 dF at summit, with negligible winds in the trees, approx 25 MPH wind at the summit.

Unbridled sunshine throughout the day.  

Trailhead: 1000; Moosilauke Summit: 1300; South Summit: 1330; back at car: 1500. (Approx. 5 hours.) 

I’ll probably have more to write shortly, but the day was amazing if not cold. The pictures will tell the story pretty well. Passed three hikers and one dog. If I could have had one thing, it would have been a warmer summit. With the wind and the cold socking a one-two punch, I couldn’t stick around to admire the view. To the west, the Green Mountains, and way off, a tiny speck that might have been Mt Marcy in New York. To the east, Maine. To the south, I was probably seeing the higher points of northern Massachusetts. The sky was so clear that just the curve of the earth was the limiting factor.

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An AT blaze shows the way for those intrepid travelers.

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Trail was really nicely tamped down.

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Birches in abundance at the lower elevations.

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More deciduous trees down low.

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Winter wonderland.

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Pretty windswept up top. Those cairns came in very handy.

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Multi-state view.

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Looking back from the South Summit.

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Ice on fire in the afternoon sun.

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This made me think of Andy Goldsworthy.

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Almost back at the trailhead, another AT blaze.

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Spotted this covered bridge in Wentworth on the way home.

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