White Mountain National Forest: Mt. Moosilauke

This 7.3-mile loop hike takes you up a steep, rocky trail to an exposed, treeless summit that's the southwesternmost high peak in the White Mountains, and one of the prettiest.
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This 7.3-mile loop hike takes you up a steep, rocky trail to an exposed, treeless summit that's the southwesternmost high peak in the White Mountains, and one of the prettiest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.8

Waypoints

MSL001

Location: 43.9938850402832, -71.8147354125976

From trailhead, follow logging road 200 ft.; turn L and descend to Baker River. After crossing a footbridge, turn L, following Gore Brook Trail sign

MSL002

Location: 43.9943504333496, -71.8176651000976

R @ intersection; continue on Gore Brook Trail

MSL003

Location: 43.997501373291, -71.8207168579102

Cross brook by stepping across logs; go R @ junction; trail follows along a cascading stream on the R

MSL004

Location: 44.0095672607422, -71.8285827636719

Refill water bottles; trail veers R into woods and away from stream

MSL005

Location: 44.0179176330566, -71.8227005004883

Trail passes through a clearing with great views of the Whites; enjoy lunch before pushing on to the summit

MSL006

Location: 44.023365020752, -71.831413269043

Mt. Moosilauke's often-windy summit (4,802 ft.); follow sign for Mtn. Carriage Rd. as trail descends toward treeline; keep eyes peeled for moose

MSL007

Location: 44.0137481689453, -71.8399658203125

Bear L @ T; continue hiking as trail enters lush birch, maple, and oak forest with thick fern and grass underbrush

MSL008

Location: 43.9995002746582, -71.8346862792969

Straight @ intersection

MSL009

Location: 43.9882850646973, -71.8326644897461

Turn L onto Hurricane Trail; refill water at one of 6 stream crossings as trail proceeds along and over Gorge Brook

MSL010

Location: 43.9939346313477, -71.8178863525391

Hike straight on Gorge Brook Trail; follow out to trailhead