First Snow of the Season on Mt. Mousilauke, NH

Mt. Moosilauke, NH
October 23, 2010
Wes Chapman

That is a lot of snow for the middle of October. The Gorge Brook Trail on Mt. Moosilauke, about 500 yards from the summit.

I don’t normally write about the mundane aspects of life, and a trip up Mt. Moosilauke, is a fairly routine event for the Girls and me. Today was something special, however, and is worth at least a brief mention and a couple of photos.

I awoke early this morning, with one of those dreams that gets you going at 4:00 AM, and won’t let you go back to sleep. Checking out the Weather Channel, it was clear that the mountains were cold, windy, and may have received a bunch of snow. If you can’t sleep, you might as well hike.

The Girls and I set out for Moosilauke bright and early, and were on the hill shortly after sunup. We hit a clear snow line at 3,700 feet, and had 12 to 18 inches of wind packed snow at the summit, with drifts over 4 feet. The wind was blowing 30-40 mph, and the temperature was around 15 degrees. It was totally unexpected, and absolutely delightful – the joys of the first snowfall of the season.

Mrs. Katie contemplates the weather, while Mrs. Baby eats a stolen biscuit.

Remnants of the lenticular cloud at the summit.

Wes Chapman
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