Mount Moosilauke, Benton

Mount Moosilauke is a 4802ft mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains in the town of Benton, New Hampshire, United States. It is the tenth highest and most southwesterly of the 4,000 foot summits in the White Mountains.Moosilauke is ranked 9th on the New England Fifty Finest peaks, a list of summits with the highest topographic prominence. The Appalachian Trail passes over the mountain. It is sometimes referred to as the "Gentle Giant".EtymologyThe name Moosilauke is derived from the Abenaki language. The most common translation is "bald place". However, the derivation of place names from Algonquian languages is often quite uncertain, and other possible translations of Moosilauke include "at the place of ferns", "at the smooth place on the summit" and "good moose place along the brook".GeologyMount Moosilauke is made up of metamorphic rock called the Littleton Formation which is Lower Devonian in age. The Littleton Formation is primarily a mica schist with zones containing garnet and staurolite-sillimanite. The unit also contains interbedded amphibolites. The mica schist started out as clay-rich mud in a marine basin that probably formed during the early Acadian Orogeny. The amphibolites may represent metamorphosed submarine basalt flows.
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  • Both gentle and very challenging trails cover this mountain. It is a full day hike to get to the top, but if you want something gentler, there are great, easy hiking trails that go along the creeks. J...  more »
  • We hiked Mount Moosilauke taking the Gorge Brook trail to the summit and then coming down via the Glencliff Trail to the Carriage Road to the Hurricane Trail and then out again on the Gorge Brook trai...  more »
  • Great 360 degree views! Moosilauke is commonly in the clouds so picking the right day is important for seeing anything at the top, but it can create some cool lighting sometimes! I followed a big bull moose down the trail from the summit this fall. Was pretty scary since I was hiking down in the dark. If you do see a moose, please keep a good distance away from it.
  • I come back year after year. A great challenge but always fun. The trail is nice and varied with a beautiful 360 view at the top! The switchback trail you can continue onto is fabulous.

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