A Marvelous Morning on Mount Moosilauke

Date of Hike: 2/19/16

Glencliff & Moosilauke Carriage Road: 8 miles (3,339 Feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Trip Report:
- On Friday morning I met Kyle at the Glencliff trailhead for a hike up Moosilauke to try and catch some big time views before the clouds came rolling in.
- The snow was sporadic at best over the first mile and a half, mostly it was a combination of ice and some crusty snow with ice flows, all of which were easily hiked up with my newly sharp microspikes.
- The Glencliff Trail ascends at a steady grade for the first two-and-a-half miles, then becomes very steep as it gains the ridge just below the southern summit of Mount Moosilauke.  Kyle set a very solid pace and didn't lift his foot off the throttle even through the steep burst over the last half mile to the junction with Moosilauke Carriage Road.  Just like two weeks ago, I felt like and old lion trying to keep up with a cub, but it felt great to have him keep pushing the pace.
- From the junction, we made our way over the old chopped up and packed down snow drifts to the summit.  The trail between south peak and the summit is a relatively easy walk, although usually it's very windy and can be rough through the exposed sections.  However, today was a rarity as there was abundant sunshine and almost no wind.
- At the summit we relaxed for about fifteen minutes taking in the 360 degree views.  It was so crystal clear out we could see the Great Range and Mount Whiteface in New York's Adirondack Mountains.  This was by far the best view I ever had of the Adirondacks from this far east.  To the south we could see to Monadnock, Lake Winnipesaukee, and various ski areas.  To the east and north was the Franconia Ridge, Bondcliff and Guyot Range, Presidential Range, Maine, and Canada.  To the west the Green Mountains with various ski areas were in full view, too.  Absolute perfect viewing conditions early in the morning!
-  On the way out we made the short trip to the south summit to take in the views one more time.  This couple of minute side trip is well worth the minimal effort on a day with clear views.  After visiting south peak we trail ran back down the mountain stopping and talking to hikers who were on their way up, all happy to be gifted a rare windless day up on the Moose.
- This hike was also my February and Mount Moosilauke grid finish.  I couldn't have asked for a better hike to finish off a month and a mountain.  535 peaks down, 41 to go over the next five months!

The old gated farm road at the Glencliff trailhead 

 Ice was the theme of the day at lower elevations

Unheard of ground conditions for winter!

Icy ascent

Finally some snow pack, although choppy on Moosilauke Carriage Road

This picture captures why I hike.  What a great walk up to a summit!

Moosilauke summit cone

Abundant sun shining  over the White Mountains

Easy and pretty walk up to the summit today

The final approach

Old foundations can be found on the summit, usually they're used to get out of the wind, today they were not needed!

Franconia Ridge, Bonds, Guyot, Twin , and the Presidential Range 

Mount Washington and the Presidential Range looming high above everything else

 Franconia Ridge, Lafayette-Truman-Lincoln-Little Haystack section

Loon Mountain rises above the town of Lincoln

Camel's Hump in Vermont

Adirondack's Mount Whiteface, it's ski area and slides pictured behind Mount Ellen and it's ski area

Same picture zoomed-in.  Never thought I'd be able to get this great of a picture of Mount Whiteface from almost a hundred miles away

The Great Range lines the horizon

Once again, I can't believe I was able to get this picture with a hand held digital camera!

One last shot of the Great Range from Mount Moosilauke's summit.  Dix Mountain to the far left and Giant to the far right with Algonquin the White peak rising above the Wolfjaws in the center of the photo.  Thanks to Steve and Ed for the assist on picking out the peaks!
(Dix, Skylight, Haystack, Marcy, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper & Lower Wolfjaw, Algonquin, Giant)  Sawtooth might be visible too, (kind of in front of Gothics) but not 100% sure

Killington Mountain it's ski area and Pico Peak

Lake Winnipesaukee

Descending from Mount Moosilauke.  The trail is now well marked.  Unfortunately last year some low-life stole the signs and thru-hikers started roaming around in different directions up here

 Heading back over the Moosilauke Carriage Road

Kyle running down the trail!

Mud Pond and Mount Clough

View of Moosilauke from its southern peak

Lower Great Range and Giant from the south summit

Great Range and Giant

Zoom-in down to Glencliff, our next stop 

Early May conditions, incredible!

Old farming field near the trailhead.

Signs spotted along the way

Plaques and trail junk

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