Mt. Moosilauke, whose name means “bald place” in the Abenaki language, is number 9 on New England’s 50 Finest and, at 4,802’, is one of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 Footers. It was also featured in our Five First 4,000-footers blog post.
The mountain, owned by Dartmouth College, was made public years ago when the rights to the summit were transferred from the college to the government. The Dartmouth Outing Club runs and operates the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge as well as providing maintenance to various trails.
The Gorge Brook Trail, off of Ravine Lodge Road, is a 7.4 mile out and back hike that is relatively low in difficulty and offers some awesome views for day-hikers. Carriage Road is also relatively low in difficulty but offers a great workout as a 10.2 mile out and back.
While not an overly technical hike, the elevation gain makes it a great workout and the views are well worth it. Summit Views include part of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Kinsmans, the Presidential Range, and Franconia Ridge.
Parking for the Gorge Brook Trail, Carriage Road and Ridge Trails is available on Ravine Road. Lodging is available in the Spring, Summer and Fall in the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. Reservations are required for dinner and overnight stays. There are over 30 miles of trails from the lodge with varying skill levels required.
Have a great hike!
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