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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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Photos

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.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
Summit marker sign.
Sep 5, 2016 near Lincoln, NH
Approaching Moosilauke Summit
Apr 23, 2015 near Lincoln, NH

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