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    Moosilauke question

    What's the prettiest trail(s) up and down Mt Moosilauke?
    This will be my first time visiting this mountain and I want
    to hit all the nicest spots (brooks, falls, views, etc) on my way
    to/from the summit. Not in a rush, don't care about fastest
    or easiest route, just the prettiest. I can't find my Bible (White
    Mountain Guide). Thanks.

    And I'll be solo, so I can't do a traverse. I have to end up
    at or close to where I start, or at least a reasonable hitch-
    hiking distance.
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    When I did Moosilauke I really enjoyed a loop from Glencliff: Glencliff Trail to Carriage Road to summit, then back down Carriage Road to Hurricane Trail (over Hurricane Mtn.) and back to Glencliff Trail and my truck. It was a snowy day, but quite beautiful. I didn't get much in terms of views or water features that I recall, but it was a nice loop I thought.
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    IMO, no trip to Moosilauke would be complete without visiting the Ravine Lodge, so I'd start there and go up Gorge, down Carriage Road (stopping at South Peak) to Snapper. You can use either of those routes in combination with Asquam Ridge for a longer loop with a nice ridge walk.

    If you have to pick one, I'd do Gorge and Snapper. I often do.
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    Beaver Brook has quite the waterfall scenery - it's pretty steep. I was there recently - and got Blue as a bonus.

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    Hmm, it is all relative to what you think is scenic. I do have to agree that doing the Gorge Brook, Carriage Rd, to South Peak, then down to Snapper and back to the Ravine Lodge is a pretty classic way of hiking it, and possibly has the most variety of scenery along the way. But a close second for me is definitely the Benton trail. Its a far quieter way, with a fantastic view of Tunnel Ravine halfway up. Though I'm pretty sure the road to the Benton trail is closed, so that might be a no go unless you are all about walking. the road.

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    Another nice loop is up Glencliff / Carriage Road (over both summits), down Benton and loop back via Tunnel Ravine. Lots of above treeline and ponds, no waterfalls, though.
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    I like going directly up Gorge Brook but then coming down around Asquam Ridge. There are fantastic views into the ravine and the woods are lovely.

    Tunnel Brook Road is closed due to Irene damage approximately 1-1/2 miles before the Benton trailhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky View Post
    IMO, no trip to Moosilauke would be complete without visiting the Ravine Lodge, so I'd start there and go up Gorge, down Carriage Road (stopping at South Peak) to Snapper. You can use either of those routes in combination with Asquam Ridge for a longer loop with a nice ridge walk.

    If you have to pick one, I'd do Gorge and Snapper. I often do.
    Hit the Lodge up for family-style dinner after your hik. It's a hoot. The food is good too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billski View Post
    Hit the Lodge up for family-style dinner after your hik. It's a hoot. The food is good too!
    It was my understanding that the Ravine Lodge is exclusive to Dartmouth. Is it open to the public for meals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Rooney View Post
    It was my understanding that the Ravine Lodge is exclusive to Dartmouth. Is it open to the public for meals?
    Except when it is reserved for an exclusive event it is open to the general public, for meals and lodging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Metsky View Post
    Except when it is reserved for an exclusive event it is open to the general public, for meals and lodging.
    Thanks, Dave. Before I posted I looked at the Dartmouth website, and it gives the impression (at least to me) that their services are available only to students and alum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Rooney View Post
    Thanks, Dave. Before I posted I looked at the Dartmouth website, and it gives the impression (at least to me) that their services are available only to students and alum.

    The only standing reservation is the first two weeks of September for use as part of Freshman orientation. Always call ahead for the latest information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Rooney View Post
    Thanks, Dave. Before I posted I looked at the Dartmouth website, and it gives the impression (at least to me) that their services are available only to students and alum.
    From http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/moosilauke/ravinelodge/

    The Lodge isnít just for the Dartmouth community ó local residents, hikers, and visitors to the area are all welcome to stay for a night, a week, or just come up for dinner. The Lodge is a great place to just get away and put your feet up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJ View Post
    I like going directly up Gorge Brook but then coming down around Asquam Ridge. There are fantastic views into the ravine and the woods are lovely.
    I agree with this one as well. Its a great "mellow" trek to the summit, as long as aren't against hiking the approx 5.7 mi distance it takes to make it to the top. Still, going down Gorge Brook or the Carriage Rd to Snapper is below 10 miles roundtrip if you are concerned about distance.

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    up Gorge, down Carriage Road (stopping at South Peak) to Snapper. You can use either of those routes in combination with Asquam Ridge for a longer loop with a nice ridge walk.
    I share Dave's idea, and MichealJ's. Just did the same trip last week (the up Gorge, down Asquam Ridge one).

    Beaver Brook in the winter, for sure. Lovely. And sledding down is a blast.
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