Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 8:00a -
Alewife(Cambridge, MA 02140, USA)
Cambridge, MA 02140
Date Idea, LGBT, Social Good, Sports & Active Life
Welcome to a wonderful winter hike to Mount Moosilauke. This mountain has beautiful forests, exposed rocky summit with 360 views, and expertly engineered cairns. The Moose is 4802ft in elevation but we'll be climbing 2506ft. We'll be taking Gorge Brook Trail to the summit, then Carriage Road to Snapper Trail on descent (see AllTrails link below). This is an 8.4 mile loop, but the road is closed at the trailhead adding another 1.5mi round trip for a total of 9.9mi.
This is a winter hike so previous experience or a class is necessary to attend. Please answer the following questions to be sure this is the hike for you.
Which hikes have you done in the last 3 months?
Do you have winter hiking experience in the Whites?
What is your exercise routine?
Elevation gain: 2506ft
Trail conditions: https://newenglandtrailconditions.com/peaks/nhmtmoosilauke.php
Weather conditions: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Moosilaukee/forecasts
This is NOT a beginner hike so you must be in good shape and have confidence in finishing it. We will be hiking at a moderate pace, around 1.5 mi/hour. So , if you're looking to go as fast as possible or have difficulty staying with a group, I do not recommend this hike for you.
1) I am not a guide and this is not a service - I expect you to be fully prepared with the gear listed below and the mindset that you could get yourself out of trouble if needed.
2) We stick together - this is a group event, so if you feel that you are not flexible in working as a team, this will not be a good hike for you.
3) Relax - We are here to enjoy nature and the scenery..
4) We will follow COVID guidelines and wear masks during carpool and on the trail when social distancing cannot be maintained. Do not show up if you do not agree to the COVID guidelines.
5) Parking is limited, so non-carpoolers will be limited.
6) Showing up without registering on Ridj-it with a profile and then actually signing up for the trip is a safety hazard and will get you banned. Do not message me to join in any alternative manner
You are responsible for having a map of this hike; this is not a guided hike. You are joining like-minded enthusiasts and are responsible for your own safety and preparedness. Beyond that lets make this a memorable trip, with great weather and a trip into a winter wonderland. Happy hiking!
There will be a gear check for this hike at the pick up location and at the trailhead if you're a non-carpooler. If you don't have the gear, you will not be allowed to join the hike. No exceptions!
What to bring:
Waterproof, winter-hiking boots (no sneakers, no trail runners)
Microspikes (no yaktrax)
Water-resistant or waterproof pants.
Thermal layer (optional but recommended).
Non-cotton base layer (preferable wool or synthetic).
breathable mid-layer (eg: microfleece)
Water-proof hard/soft shell jacket
Waterproof and insulated Gloves
ski goggles (incase of squalls)
Headlamp (in case we hike into the night with the early sunsets)
3 liters of water that won't freeze. (Insulated water bottle or other method)
Snacks and lunch. You will be burning a lot of energy!
Trekking poles (highly recommended)
First aid kit
Hand and toe warmers
If you are traveling from Massachusetts, please be aware of the State’s guidelines for travel outside of the State. The guidelines can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order
. You are expected to abide by these guidelines and assume all responsibility for non-compliance.