A Perfect Day for a Moose, 3.24.15

The original day I had planned to hike Moosilauke didn’t work out, but that wasn’t a problem, as the weather was much, much better on the day I ended up going.  It also worked out that I was joined by my friends, Schorman and LadyDi.

We arrived at the trailhead in Glencliff in full sunshine, which was a blessing, even though the temperature was only 6 degrees.  We had a feeling that it would warm up and considering we’d started many hikes this past winter season in colder temperatures, we geared up and headed up the trail.  We took our time, enjoying the sunlight as it came over the ridge and enjoying the hearing the birds sing.  It isn’t often that we hear birds in the winter, with the exception of chickadees and a few other species.  The woods are very quiet in the winter, and the bird’s songs reminded us that spring is on the way.

The ascent wasn’t too bad, and for the most part was well packed.  We did encounter drifts in the last half mile or so before the junction with the Carriage Road, but they weren’t too deep and we went right through.  At the Carriage Road junction, there was a nice protected area, which was heating up quickly due to the sun.  We enjoyed that for a moment and headed for the summit, a little less than a mile away.

Snowpack at the Glencliff Trail and Carriage Road junction.  Still pretty deep!

Snowpack at the Glencliff Trail and Carriage Road junction. Still pretty deep!

The Carriage Road is wider and easy to hike and because of the snowpack, we were soon above the trees and scrub with the summit in view.  Quickly, with some relatively easy hiking over the ice and packed snow, we were at the top.  The summit was really nice and the weather cooperated, with warm temps and no wind, so we ate lunch at the summit before heading back down.  We were all thrilled with the views and weather.  Schorman and LadyDi have had some not-so-nice trips to the Moose in the past, this time was real treat for everyone.

Looking ahead to the summit of Moosilauke from the Carriage Road.

Looking ahead to the summit of Moosilauke from the Carriage Road.

The summit of Moosilauke.

The summit of Moosilauke.

With lunch over, I said my good-bye to the Moose and promised to be back in July or August.  We then headed back down the Carriage Road and down to Glencliff, where a little butt sliding helped get us back to the car a little more quickly.  It was a fun way to end a really great trip to the Moose.

Schorman and Lady Di heading back down the Carriage Road after a nice summit lunch.  The south peak of Moosiluake can seen in the distance.

Schorman and Lady Di heading back down the Carriage Road after a nice summit lunch. The south peak of Moosiluake can seen in the distance.

Although this was my twelfth trip to the Moose, it won’t be my last.  The AT runs right over the Moose, and I’ll be back later this summer to enjoy the summit once again.

Special thanks to LadyDi and Schorman for accompanying me to the Moose!

 

 

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