Route: Ravine Road - Gorge Brook Tr - Carriage Road - Snapper Tr - Ravine Road (loop)
Distance: 10.6 miles
Elevation: 4,802 ft, gain: 2950'
Duration: 7.25hr (fast paced, lots of breaks for viewing, eating, and playing in the dusting of snow!)
Better late than never when the hike was as good as this one! Sunday morning, my car-ful of dogs found its way to the base of Ravine Road in Benton where we met up with Linda, Dan with Molly, and Hannah with Lilo. Eva danced around, excited and scared at the same time (she's a timid chica with new people). Once we got underway, she was prancing.
|And away we go!|
The trail was a little rocky but moderate in grade, following the water for a ways before reaching the Gorge Brook/Snapper junction. When we turned right onto Gorge Brook, the trail became (even) easier (sounds backwards, right?!) as the woods thickened and the rocks became less existent. The trail curved left, the rocks returned, and it became slightly steeper (still moderate by comparison to, say, the A-Z Trail as one approaches the ridge). Soon there was enough ice between the rocks that we donned our microspikes.
|Lilo teaching Eva balance|
|This was the steepest section of the day (minus South Peak) |
and the grade was still only moderate (think Crawford Path)
|Time for micros|
|Nearing the first clearing|
|Brief but big views before heading back into the trees|
|I took my micros off too early. Still doable!|
Barrage of summit photos:
|Evidence of the first postholing victim of the season|
|Crossing the very distinct treeline|
(alpine zone officially began a short distance south)
|Practicing the "trail" command|
("get your paws on the designated trail")
|Waiting for the wayward Miss Molly, who got about alonst 1/4 mile |
ahead of us in her excitement to summit
The views and our tolerance for the wind solidified my goal to hit some higher peaks this winter.
|Remnants of the old hotel|
|Rime! A very special sight for this novice "winter" hiker.|
|Photo courtesy of Dan S.|
|Views from South Peak|
|Looking back at Moosilauke from South Peak|
A little muddy, a little rocky, but an easy descent all in all. Snapper and Ravine Road flew by as we were closing in on dusk and the going was good, we didn't make any more snack breaks and only one wardrobe change (de-layering for the dogs).
Lots of (temporarily) sleepy dogs and a handful of happy humans who love Moosilauke! I wish this one wasn't so far for us; Tango did fantastic, even though he is on doxy for some tick borne illnesses and he probably did a full 11 miles once my backtrack for the gloves is factored in.
|Dartmouth Ravine Lodge|