To avoid the crowds, the plan was to take the Benton Trail. I don't think any of us realized the road would be closed, but oh well. It was about a mile and half walk down the road, where in places no longer existed. It's hard to imagine how much water was coming down the valley. We came to Benton Trail where we crossed the river and began our ascent.
|Tunnel Brook Road storm damage|
|Tree line and gateway to awesome views|
|Approaching the summit of Moosilauke|
|Mt. Moosilauke, for my 28th TW72 hike|
|Me, Bill, and Owen on South Peak; Moosilauke in background|
We headed back down using the Carriage Road, Snapper, and Gorge Brook Trails. It was a lot different without snow, but overall the descent was enjoyable. The Carriage Road offers some good views on the way down, and the lower trails have some waterfalls and streams alongside. We made it back to the Ravine Lodge ending what was a perfect day hike, meeting a fellow blogger, enjoying a couple of peaks and great conversation.
Trails: Tunnel Brook Road, Benton Trail, Carriage Road Trail, Snapper Trail, Gorge Brook Trail
Distance: 8.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,203 ft
Book Time: 7hrs
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