South Moat

Albany, New Hampshire

Eric and Jen on the Summit
New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer
Map 45 K9
New Map 3 Crawford Notch-Sandwich Range I10
Old Map 4 Chocorua-Waterville I10
To Get There:
Take 113 to Conway, NH. In Conway, turn onto Washington Street.
Turn left onto West Side Road.
Turn left onto Rt 101.
Turn left onto Passaconaway Road.
Moat Mountain Trail will be marked and easily seen from the road before Dugway Picnic area.
Saco Ranger District
Box 94
Conway, NH 03818
(603) 447-5448
TDD (603) 447-1989
The summit of South Moat (2770ft.) is 2.3 miles (2 hr. 15 min.) from Dugway Road.
Eric Looking South from the South Moat trail
Parking is at the end of a dirt road next to a house. The people at the house had several dogs that barked a lot but did not come out of their yard.
We chose to snowshoe this trail and found it to be a pleasant hike of moderate difficulty. About halfway up we abandoned our snowshoes because there wasn't much snow. There was just enough to see the tracks of turkeys and small animals. But we soon learned that crampons or stablicers (studded soles that strap over your boots) were in order.
Near the ridge, we were forced to go off the trail often to maintain our footing. The exposed rock face was covered in 4 inches of ice. The thin layer of snow hid ice patches and rocks that made for treacherous footing.
Criss-crossing the rock face was risky without ice gear.
We did summit South Moat and stayed for a snack before retreating from the exposed summit for the protection of the trees.
We saw a beautiful sunset over Mt Osceola and scared a bunch of turkeys off their roost on the way out. There is nothing quite like hearing a flock of plump gobblers taking flight in the crisp winters dusk.

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