Destination: Mount Moosilauke
Route: Glencliff Trail, Carriage Road
Distance: 7.8 miles (approx.)
Elevation Gain: 3100′ (approx.)
Time: 6 Hours (approx.)
Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes not necessary
We drove up Saturday evening and stayed at the lovely Historic Thayers Inn in Littleton, NH where we received a great rate (thanks Groupon) on a comfortable, if very slanted, room. The plan was to get an early start up Moosilauke via the George Brook Trail. After some consideration we decided that since Ravine Lodge Road was closed, and we were not in the mood for the extra 3 mile road walk, we would change our plans and head up the Glencliff.
The following morning we got up pretty early and were able to hit the road before the sun was up. It’s about an hour from Littleton to the trailhead. Unfortunately we were detoured several times and didn’t end up hitting the trail until around 8:45AM. Regardless it all worked out because the hiking was great, and a later start turned out to be to our benfit. It was a truly beautiful day to be on the mountain. All the tree branches were covered with snow. Weather was cool, but not too cold. Some cloud cover, but it cleared as the day progressed. We wore microspikes as the trail was mostly hard packed. We passed one other couple and a dog going up the Glencliff. We also met a solo hiker coming down about 1/4 mile from from the junction with the Carriage road. He let us know that the conditions were great up there. After reaching the Carriage Road junction, we put on extra layers, and may our way the last 0.8 mile to the summit. Above the tree line the wind picked up a bit and it was chilly, but beautiful. Lots of rime covering the branches and rocks to the point where you couldn’t tell the difference between a tree and a cairn.
We reached the summit around 12:45. Another group of 4 and their dog arrived at around the same time as us. They had come up the George Brook. We snapped a few photos and headed back down. I also decide to put on my snowshoes mostly because they were new and I wanted to give them a try. We made it back to the junction and then made a very speedy decent. We passed several people coming up as we were coming down, some were wearing snowshoes which may of been helpful as the midday sun was loosening up the trail. We reached the trailhead around 2:30PM.
Overall, it was a great day on one of best peaks in the Whites.