Mount Moosilauke has been the spiritual home of Dartmouth's out-of-doors for over one hundred years. Through the generosity of numerous individuals, most notably Pennington Haile â€™24, the College owns 4,600 acres on this 4,802 foot peak (about a third of the mountain above 2000 feet). It is the tenth highest peak in the state, with a summit many claim has the best view in the White Mountains. The vast majority of Dartmouth students are introduced to the College through DOC First-Year Trips culminating at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge halfway up the mountainâ€™s southern side. With steadily expanding interest in DOC cabins and summer programs at the Ravine Lodge, it is not surprising that Moosilauke has become a big part of Dartmouthâ€™s culture.
Yet few people really take advantage of all that there is to experience at Moosilauke. The possibilities at Moosilauke are almost limitless. Whether it be afternoon strolls to your favorite spot, bushwhacking up ravines, winter overnights, or Lodge square dancing, your hours at this special place will be remembered forever. As Otto Schniebs, legendary Dartmouth Skiing Coach and Moosilauke trailbuilder, once said, â€œAch, it is not a schport â€” it is a vay of life.â€
Overview of Attractions
The Summit 360 degree view, 100 acres of alpine tundra, ruins of Summit Camp and two Summit Cabins. Beaver Brook Cascades Some of the finest cascades in the region. South Peak Less frequented than the main summit, great views of Warren NH nearly 4000 feet below. Jobildunc Ravine Spectacular glacial cirque. Difficult bushwhack access to base, good views of headwalls from Gorge Brook, Upper Beaver Brook, and particularly from viewpoint on Al Merrill Ski Loop. Little Tunnel Ravine Another glacial cirque; northeast of the Benton Trail. Numerous cascades and good views into ravine from Benton Trail. Ravine Lodge area Unique, historic log building.
The above are the obvious high points, but they are only a beginning to the adventures possible. Within this thirty square mile mountain region are miles of idyllic streams, old logging roads, rock slides, subsidiary summits, and intriguing woods to explore. Subject to your route-finding and map-reading ability, the possibilities are endless.
- Driving Distance: 50 miles
- Hiking Distance: 7-12 miles
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous
Directions to Beaver Brook Trailhead
Option 1 = passing by the Lodge
- Go north Warren, NH, either via 25A or 25C
- Traveling N through Warren, take a R onto 118 North
- Go L at the Rt. 112 Junction (heading W)
- Trailhead is on your left, next to Beaver Pond
Option 2 = taking the highway
- Go north on I-91, take exit 17 East
- Stay on 302 through Woodsville (302 joins rt. 112 at some point)
- Take a R at the 112 junction
- Stay on 112. Trailhead is on your right, after Beaver Pond. If you cross the Rt. 118 junction you've gone too far!
Mt. Moosilauke offers multiple trails and hiking options. See the map for info on possible routes.
SNOW!! And awesome weather. We had a grand hike up Moosilauke's Gorge Brook Trail, but after the first 1/2 mile, the snow was ridiculous and our progress was much slower than expected. We were stepping into snow up to our waste in many places. The air temperature was in the mid 60s though, and we summited to clear views of the whole area. We took Snapper down, and were able to slide and run along the snow for a much quicker decent. We consumed candied spice-beans, candied chocolate, and candied salmon per Easter Sunday.
The Management Plan for the Moosilauke area can be read here. Appendices are below.
These documents describe various aspects of the college's current policies regarding the use of the Mount Moosilauke property.