|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Moosilauke, NH|
||Gorge Brook Trail, Carriage Road, Snapper Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, July 22, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking is along the side of the road leading to Ravine Lodge, and by the time I arrived around 11:15 the line extended at least 3/4 mile down the road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No difficulties - most crossings have bridges. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails were in good condition. |
||A few people had dogs. I don't think there are any challenges for dogs along this route. |
||A few breeding mosquitoes in standing puddles. DEET is recommended but probably not necessary. |
|Lost and Found:
||A great hike. Unlike many summit hikes in Vermont, this is a hike along well-maintained trails with no rock scrambling required. The signage along the entire route has now been updated and is excellent. The Gorge Brook Trail was a bit muddy much of the way up, but not especially hazardous. Some hikers coming down reported that the summit was socked in, but it was clear by the time I arrived and the views were very good, though there was some haze. On the way down on Carriage Road it rained hard, and the Snapper Trail especially was very wet and muddy by then, with lots of slippery rocks. However, upon arriving back at Ravine Lodge, there was no sign that it had rained there.|
Note: Ravine Lodge is CLOSED to the public due to pandemic concerns. There are port-a-potties now in the parking area, at the intersection with the service road that goes past the lodge and to the trails. You may need to bring your own hand sanitizer - the sanitizer dispensers in both port-a-potties were empty yesterday.
Also: I had no cell service anywhere along the route except near and above timberline (I have Verizon). This is much worse than on my last hike here two years ago, when cell reception began to come in around Last Sure Water on Gorge Brook Trail.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.