Hiking Mount Moosilauke

Map of routes
  • Date: Sep. 11, 2011
  • Hike leader: Jenifer Tidwell
  • Trip plan: Gorge Brook to summit; Carriage Road, Snapper, and Gorge Brook on the descent

Towering over the western White Mountain region, Mt. Moosilauke is a big mountain with a long history. We will hike it as part of the Flags on the 48 9/11 memorial hike, in which teams of hikers raise American flags on each of the 48 4000-foot peaks. We plan to fly the flag from 12 noon to 2 PM, which means we have a tight schedule to meet -- and a long time to sit on an alpine summit, exposed to the weather! But our confidence in Team 2020's ability to meet such challenges is higher now than ever, after all we've learned in the past two years.

Pre-hike links

Want to track our progress? Starting on the morning of the hike, you can track us with Spot Adventures, which receives GPS updates and messages from a device we will carry. We'll try to publish updates on Twitter and Facebook, but we can't guarantee cell reception!

Mt. Moosilauke facts

  • The name derives from "moosi" and "auke," two Abenaki words meaning "bald place." Some people pronounce the final long "e" and some don't.
  • The summit of the mountain is a 100-acre alpine zone, biologically similar to those on the southern Presidentials and Franconia Ridge.
  • There used to be a six-room hotel on the summit. Summit House was built in 1860 and operated variously as a hotel, a fire tower, and a high mountain hut until 1942, when it burned down. The foundation is still there today.
  • The Dartmouth Outing Club owns thousands of acres on the east side of the mountain. It runs Ravine Lodge at the southern base, and it built (and still maintains) many of the hiking and skiing trails on Mt. Moosilauke.
  • A B-18 bomber crashed on the east side of nearby Mt. Waternomee in January of 1942, during a nighttime snow squall. Two were killed, but five survived and were rescued. A memorial still stands there today.
  • (Credit to Steve Smith's "The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains.")

Resource links

If you'd like to hike Mt. Moosilauke, we recommend these resources:

A note from Team 2020 to our fellow hikers

If you're thinking what we're thinking -- man, what a great day to hike! -- please be prepared. Pack adequate (and extra) gear, food and water; leave your trip plans with someone not on the trip; and respect Leave No Trace principles and the Hiker Responsibility Code. Also remember that most areas in the White Mountains limit hiking parties to ten members, maximum. Because Team 2020 hikes at full capacity, we can't accommodate unexpected trail meet-ups -- but we would love to share your stories and experiences! Be sure to let us know what trails you're hitting by posting to our blog, or emailing us directly.