It’s only about five miles to the top. The trail isn’t very technical, aside from a few rocky sections. For the most part, the grade isn’t too steep. So what makes the Mount Moosilauke carriage road so tough? Can you run every step of a five-mile rocky-but-not-too-rocky, steep-but-not-too-steep trail? The answer is probably “no.” Then again, maybe it’s “yes.” There is one way to find out: Drive north until there are very few people and you see one large mountain looming in the distance. Park at the trailhead. Start running. If you can run all the way to the top (and back down again, of course), you will have been on an epic run.
Total ascent: 3,100 feet
Distance: 10.2 miles roundtrip (10.4 if you take the short side trail to the top of Moosilauke’s south peak)
Route: Carriage road all the way to the top. At about 4.3 miles, intersect with the Appalachian Trail. A short side trail leads to the south peak, or continue forward the last 0.8 miles to the summit of the north peak.
Trailhead: On Breezy Point Road in Warren, N.H.