Moosilauke Hike

This past Saturday, we returned to the White Mountains for a day hike of Moosilauke. We left Connecticut around 6:30 A.M. and started our hike shortly after 10:00 A.M. It was the kickoff of a fun Labor Day Weekend for our family and the first time that we did a serious hike with the kids since our Grafton Loop Adventure in July.

It had been 18 years since Debbie and I last set foot on this beautiful mountain. We were last there on 30 March 2002. That’s crazy. We have driven by many times, but for some reason, were not drawn back to the trail until now. Back then, it was the third New England 4,000 footers that we hiked as a couple.

We had done Adams and Madison the previous summer (before we were married in October 2001). I recall that it was snowy. The hike up was fun and uneventful, but we looped around and found that even with our snowshoes, the going was slow in the deep and heavy snow.

The weather this time was entirely different. We had a picture perfect day with awesome cloud formations and great views. It was mostly sunny and dry, though a few of those clouds were darker than we would have liked. They ended dup holding their moisture.

On the summit, it was breezy and a lot cooler, but that didn’t deter many other hikers from making the trip. Most of them came from the northern trailheads because we only saw a handful of other parties until we got to the intersection with the South Peak spur trail. Though you don’t get the 360 degree view of the main summit, the South Peak is pretty fantastic too and there wasn’t a crowd on top.

For our route, we took the Glencliff Trail out and back from the trailhead on High Street. Glencliff doubles as the Appalachian Trail. Back in 2002, our loop was more like a lollipop as we used the Hurricane Mountain Trail to return to the trailhead on High Street, which is off of NH Route 25.

Dahlia is getting much stronger. She powered her way up and down the mountain which is awesome considering that she takes two or three steps for every adult step. Shepard is always strong and we end up following him now. They are ticking off their 4,000 Footers.

As noted, Moosilauke was the third one that Debbie and I tackled on our way to finishing the full list of 48 New Hampshire peaks. We went on to hike the five in Vermont and the 14 in Maine. I’ll have to update the kids’ lists and don’t know how many are complete, but they are making progress and having fun too.

The round trip ended up being eight miles and our total time was just under five hours. That included lingering for a while on South Peak and the Moosilauke summit. We took ample breaks and didn’t push the pace too hard. I’m sure it won’t be another 18 years before we return.

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