Mt. Moosilauke: 1st 4K Hike Postbaby!

I am officially back into hiking!! We stopped exclusive pumping as Cabot passed 9 months and I was looking forward to getting back into the White Mountains. Over the past year, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge got a huge facelift, and I have been excited to get over there to see it. This was my 4th time hiking Mt. Moosilauke, and yes I saw something on this hike that I never noticed before…..read on to find out more!

SO I will start with the lodge, which is actually a collection of buildings. There’s the main lodge which was renovated and then the bunkhouses, each standing in the name of the gifts for different classes.

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The new main lodge!
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Main Lodge
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Class of 1965 Bunkhouse
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Class of 1974 Bunkhouse
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Class of 1967 Bunkhouse
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Moosilauke Ravine Lodge from above!

They are still working on the access road to the lodge and culverts and such, but the new lodge looks great!

We took the Gorge Trail for this hike. Mt. Moosilauke is really a lovely hike. There is much Dartmouth Outing Club history on the trail up from the lodge. The trails are very well signed and taken care of thanks to the Dartmouth student trail crew.

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Information kiosk where we began!
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The cutest little trail dog, Mizpah, heading out!
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Trail crews sometimes leave signs commemorating their work
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Up on the summit!
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Our hiking group posing with the button on the summit. A picture with the geological marker is a must for my husband!
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Beautiful mountain views all the way around on the summit

On the summit, remnants of the stone foundation for the old summit hotel can be seen. It was originally built in 1860 and called The Prospect House but the name was changed to the Tip-Top House. It burned down in 1942.

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Stone Foundation left behind from the Tip-Top House

Now! To the thing that I never noticed on the previous three hikes of Mt. Moosilauke! There is a concrete foundation visible from the summit that was from a shelter that was removed in 1978.

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Concrete foundation for the shelter removed in 1978.

I almost fell over when I saw that from the summit, and then I actually had a hard time finding it along the trail. I guess they tried to use a jackhammer to remove the foundation but it was just too much work.

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Finished the hike!
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Tired little Mizpah eating her lunch back at the car

We had great weather for this hike. The forecast actually said “sunny and delightful” for Warren NH. Typically the summit is very windy because its the first tall mountain from Vermont. It was a lovely first hike back after over a year of missing hiking. Coming down Gorge Brook, a thru hiker passed us. We wondered where he was heading. Sure enough he came back and said, “This isn’t the AT huh?” We laughed. Good sense of humor probably helps doing the AT. He meant to go down the Beaver Brook Trail and probably planned to stay at that shelter. The Beaver Brook Trail from what I have heard is a hard one.

Anyways, here are my other Mt. Moosilauke posts! You can see the old lodge in one of them.

Mt. Moosilauke Hike on the Carriage Road

Dartmouth Outing Club & Mt. Moosilauke (has a pic of the old lodge)

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