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black Beaver Brook Out and Back

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6.9 mile 11.1 kilometer loop
64% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,082' 939 m
Descent: -3,082' -939 m
High: 4,806' 1,465 m
Low: 1,871' 570 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 81% (39°)

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A steep path up Mount Moosilauke lined with cascades.

Alex Weech

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 run 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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