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Beaver Brook Out and Back

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 4.7 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A steep path up Mount Moosilauke lined with cascades.


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6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

Loop

4,806' 1,465 m

High

1,871' 570 m

Low

3,082' 939 m

Up

3,082' 939 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

81%

Max Grade (39°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Open year round. $5 forest service fee paid at a self-service kiosk at the trailhead.

Overview

This strenuous route is a New Hampshire classic. Though incredibly strenuous, especially at the start, this route exemplifies everything that a tough, New England hike should be.

Description

The Beaver Brook Trail begins with a steep climb alongside the Beaver Brook Cascades. There are occasional stairs and hand rungs, but most of the first mile is unassisted 34% grade with no switchbacks and steep drop-offs. At the top of the cascades is a shelter put together by the Dartmouth Outing Club that offers fantastic views of the Franconia and Kinsman Ridges.

From that point, the trail softens to a much more manageable 13% grade through a stunning evergreen forest. The last quarter mile of the trail is above tree-line, and visitors will move almost imperceptibly onto the Benton Trail for the last push to the top. The summit has incredible 360 views of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Flora & Fauna

The trail is mostly in evergreen forest, but it offers excellent views of the deciduous forests down below. The trailhead is by a pond in Kinsman Notch, and animals are often seen there.

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Shared By:

Alex Weech with improvements by Liz and 1 other

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View of the Moosilauke summit from along the trail.
Mar 11, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
Summit in the distance.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
Trail leading back into the treeline.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
View from the summit, summit sign marker to the right of the photo.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
View from the summit.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
Summit marker sign.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH

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Aug 8, 2020
Nagarjuna Manchineni
A good hike First 1.5hrs of the trail is the steepest. It becomes tricky when there is water dripping on the rocks Today rocks are completely wet — 4h 00m
Jul 18, 2020
Chi Wang
6.9mi — 4h 25m
Sep 29, 2019
Cindy Gu
It is very hard for beginners. Trails are very rocky and can get slippery after raining. However, the view at the summit is amazing! It's 360 degree — 8h 30m
Sep 21, 2019
Brian Rishel
6.9mi — 5h 30m
Jun 9, 2019
Thomas Heavey
Very shallow and exposed top (with several rock wind shelters), very steep but beautiful ascent along the cascades. 7.1mi — 4h 21m
Oct 13, 2018
Lora Doerfer
Hike with Byron. Camped at beaver Brooke shelter. Surprised to wake up to snow
Aug 19, 2018
Ben Bourque
Slippery and steep first 2 miles 7mi
Aug 12, 2018
Yanbo Zhang