Climb Moosilauke Carriage Road on Saturday?

Two days ago (Sunday) I did a fabulous ski off the Cascade Brook Trail in Waterville Valley. We climbed the Old Woodbury Trail (parallel to and south of the Sleeper Trail) to about 3500 feet. Eight inches of new powder. Four feet of snow in all. Winter conditions with a long sunny afternoon.

So inspiring, I'd like to climb Moosilauke via the Carriage Road this coming Saturday. Anyone interested? I'm thinking this could be a mix of tele and touring skiers. You will need skins or your wax arsenal and of course be very comfortable going back down the hill. :)

The Moosilauke Carriage Road runs up a ridge on the south side of the mountain. The trail is wide and has the gentlest grades of any trail on this mountain. The trip is 5.1 miles each way. The last ½ mile or so of the Carriage Road is fully exposed to the wind. Elevation 4802 feet with views into Vermont and even New York in clear weather. Elevation gain 3100 feet. The hiking "book time" is 6:40. Here's a map.

Link to Forest Service site:

Forecast for Moussilauke:
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Very windy. Chance of snow on Wednesday.

Meet at 8am at the Park N Ride in Bow, NH (just before Concord) to consolidate into fewer and strongest cars.
Directions from the above link are wrong, but the photos are correct. (I've written to the NH DOT.) Here are the basics to the park'nride.
I-93 North just past tolls:
Exit 89 South to 3A South.
Lot is on the right.

The trailhead is another 1-1/2 hours from this park-n-ride.



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  • Aldo

    Wish I could. This year the extended family is celebrating Easter on Saturday, so we are out of sync. Should be plenty of other folks who love xc skiing who will be in sync with this event. Good luck!

    March 26, 2013

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