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NH4K ... MOOSILAUKE VIA GLENCLIFF (MODERATE)

Event Organizer: Matt Ambrose @ (617)[masked] 

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Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all of the questions that are part of the process. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

Answers DO NOT carry over from one event to another so you must answer them for EACH EVENT. Also, questions might not show up if you RSVP from a phone or tablet so if you don't see them you will need to use a computer.

If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself and others at risk. Consider this before you RSVP.

=== What We're Doing ===

The plan is to hike to the summit of one the 10th highest and most southwesterly of the 4000 footers.

If you are interested in participating in this event sign up for the waiting list. I will add people that (1) answer all of the questions that are part of the RSVP process and (2) have done similar hikes within the past three months.

RSVPs close 24 hours before the event.

Guests aren't permitted.

Dogs are only permitted with prior approval of the event organizer.

=== Trip Summary ===

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) trip we will hike about 7.8 miles and climb about 3,384 feet. It should take an average hiker about 5:35 hours to complete (this doesn't include time taking breaks). This event is considered MODERATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain.

Use this link for more information about where we are going and how we will get there:

• http://trailsnh.com/peaks/nh/4000/10-Mt-Moosilauke-4802

Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.

Use this link for the current weather forecast:

• http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.022&lon=-71.826

=== What to Bring ===

Use this link for a list of items needed for a three season day hike: 

• http://files.meetup.com/492954/Winter_Day_Hike_List_ADK.pdf

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip. 

=== Directions ===

This trail starts at High St. (formerly Sanatorium Rd.), 1.2 mi. from its junction with NH 25 in Glencliff village, to the Moosilauke Carriage Rd. in a sag just north of Moosilauke's South Peak. It is part of the AT. The trailhead parking area is on the right a short distance past the trail sign; from here, one may follow an old farm road past a gate, joining the trail in about 0.1 mi.  We will meet at trail head parking.  Drive time from Boston is 2:15.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride.

=== Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer ===

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Starting at Glencliff Trailhead, 1480 ft 43° 59' 53" 71° 52' 56" 
This trail starts at High St. (formerly Sanatorium Rd.), 1.2 mi. from its junction with NH 25 in Glencliff village, to the Moosilauke Carriage Rd. in a sag just north of Moosilauke's South Peak. It is part of the AT. The trailhead parking area is on the right a short distance past the trail sign; from here, one may follow an old farm road past a gate, joining the trail in about 0.1 mi.


Hike 0.40 mi/17 min/+183 ft on the Glencliff Trail to the junction of Hurricane TrailThe trail proper leaves the road, passes a gate and enters an overgrown pasture, and soon crosses a small brook on a bridge. It joins a farm road on the left that ascends from the parking area, then crosses a brook, follows a cart track along the right edge of a field, and then the left edge of another field, and enters the woods, where the Hurricane Trail immediately diverges right (east).

Hike 2.60 mi/2 hr 42 min/+2785 ft on the Glencliff Trail to the junction of Moosilauke Carriage Road and South Peak, Mt Moosilauke spurGlencliff Trail ascends steadily on an old logging road that gradually fades away, then slabs up across the slope, crossing several small brooks. Then the trail swings right, going straight up the slope, and the trail becomes quite steep, passing a talus slope on the right that offers good views to the west. At the top of the ridge, the trail levels and reaches the jct. with a spur path (sign) that leads right 0.2 mi. (80-ft. ascent) to the open summit of South Peak. In a few more steps, the trail enters Moosilauke Carriage Road; for the summit, turn left.

Hike 0.90 mi/38 min/+344 ft on the Moosilauke Carriage Road to Mt Moosilauke, 4802 ftThe old road, now part of the AT, continues along the ridge, with a narrow fringe of trees on each side, passing a short side path right to a viewpoint over the Gorge Brook ravine. The old road reaches treeline and, marked by cairns and low rock walls, ascends northeast along the windswept ridge to the summit.

Hike 0.90 mi/28 min/-344 ft on the Moosilauke Carriage Road to the junction of Glencliff Trail and South Peak, Mt Moosilauke spurThe Moosilauke Carriage Road starts at the summit of Moosilauke, and, marked by cairns and low rock walls, leads briefly west and then southwest along the windswept ridge down to treeline. This section is part of the AT. It continues on the old road along the ridge, with a narrow fringe of trees on each side, passing a short side path left to a viewpoint over the Gorge Brook ravine. It then reaches the Glencliff Trail which diverges to the right and continues the AT south. A few steps along the Glencliff Trail, a spur trail leads left to South Peak, a fine viewpoint.

Hike 2.60 mi/1 hr 18 min/-2785 ft on the Glencliff Trail to the junction of Hurricane TrailFrom the Carriage Road, just below South Peak, the Glencliff Trail begins. In a few steps a spur path (sign) leads left 0.2 mi. (80-ft. ascent) to the open summit of South Peak. The Glencliff Trail soon begins to descend quite steeply off the ridge, passing a talus slope on the left that offers good views to the west. It swings left and slabs down across the slope, crossing several small brooks, and then descends steadily along an old logging road.

Hike 0.40 mi/12 min/-183 ft on the Glencliff Trail to Glencliff Trailhead, 1480 ftThe Hurricane Trail diverges to the left (east) and the trail then leaves the woods and follows a cart track along the right edge of an open field, and then the left edge of another field. It crosses a brook and a farm road diverges right toward the parking area. The trail proper crosses a small brook on a bridge, enters an overgrown pasture, passes a gate, and reaches the road.

Totals

Distance 7.80 mi

Time 5 hr 35 min

Elev Gain +3384 ft

Elev Loss -3384 ft

Elev Change 0 ft

http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&daddr=43.998009,-71.882161(Glencliff+Trailhead)

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  • Matt

    Thanks everyone for coming. Hope no one caught our cold!

    6h ago

  • Jennifer E.

    Great day, excellent hike. Glad to see everyone again as I believe there was only one person I hadn't met before. Those conditions on the summit were quite interesting.

    7h ago

  • JRC in N.

    Thanks for letting me tag along. Great hike, hope you two feel better!

    2 days ago

    • Bin

      We decided to skip the 5k and sleep in....zzZZ

      2 · Yesterday

    • Jennifer E.

      Probably better for your health.

      7h ago

  • Bin

    Happy plague hike! ;) Glad to see some old friends after a long time and new ones too. Great group~ Thanks John for coming last minute and help us lead. Otherwise we wouldn't been able to start and finish as a group... hope to see you all soon.

    1 · Yesterday

  • Matt

    Anyone looking to carpool from Boston area?

    3 days ago

  • Jennifer E.

    Looking forward to another hike up moose. See you guys on Sat.

    4 days ago

  • Tom F.

    FYI, I came down Glencliff a couple weeks ago and lost my iPhone about 1/3 of the way down when I slipped and fell. I still hold out hope that it survived and someone will find it. Thanks. Tom

    November 23

    • Matt

      Will keep an eye out for it

      4 days ago

  • Faith M.

    Anyone heading up from the Boston area?

    6 days ago

    • Matt

      Yes Bin and I are

      4 days ago

  • Christine

    Sorry, I need to change my status as I'm getting sick again. What a bummer, I love this mountain.

    4 days ago

  • J N.

    Sadly, need to pass due to elderly parent events.

    5 days ago

  • Charles P. V.

    sorry, my plans have changed. can't make the hike

    6 days ago

  • Frank L.

    i cannot make this hike now. my apologies.

    6 days ago

  • Rob R.

    Sorry.. need to bail on this one..

    6 days ago

  • Barbara

    Plans have changed and I can only hike Sunday... wanted to jump off soon enough so someone waiting can take my spot.

    November 28

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