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Al Merrill Ski Trail via Moosilauke Ravine Road

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer point to point
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,329' 405 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,472' 1,058 m
Low: 2,143' 653 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 6% (4°)
Max Slope: 18% (10°)
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Trail shared by Rik van Riel

Quiet back country skiing in the woods.

Rik van Riel
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
When the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is open, you can drive to near the lodge, and ski on just the trails. Once the lodge is closed for the season, you have to ski (or walk) up the road to the trails.

Description

The Al Merrill Ski Loop is a loop with the Asquam Ridge Trail, which is narrower and steeper, so it is best done as an out-and-back along the switchbacks or skinning up the steep northern section of the Al Merrill Ski Loop. In winter, Ravine Road is closed to all motorized vehicles, and used only by snowshoers and skiers.

Ravine Road is wide and easy to ski. The Al Merrill Ski Trail is cut for backcountry skiing, but the road is a little overgrown in places. At the turnaround, near the top, there is a great lookout point from which you can see both the south summit and the main summit of Mount Moosilauke.

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Land Manager: Dartmouth College

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One of the switchbacks on the Al Merrill Ski Trail.
Dec 27, 2017 near Woodstock, NH
A side trail to an old radio tower. Turn left to stay on the Al Merrill Ski Trail.
Dec 27, 2017 near Woodstock, NH
At the end of Ravine Road is a turnaround, which may have been plowed before the lodge closed. The Al Merrill Trail is straight ahead.
Dec 27, 2017 near Woodstock, NH

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