View Full Version : South and Middle Moat Mountains 6/12/10

KD Talbot
06-15-2010, 07:36 PM
Carter Notch from Middle Moat Mountain

South Moat 2749' and Middle Moat Mountains 2805'

Moat Mountain Trail

6.6 Miles 2350' Elevation gain

Kevin, Judy and Emma

I messed this one up because we were supposed to hike with friends who had suggested it, but I never let them know we would be there. With our home situation the way it is, it is hard to commit. We have to play things day by day. I thought we would just catch them at the trailhead, my bad. It's too bad we didn't get to hike together, but we did cross paths as we were descending and they were still hiking up. Emma got to make a new canine friend when she met their very good looking 3 year old. He was very well behaved, what a sweetheart!

Jude took this shot of Emma on Middle Moat Mountain

The weather forecast was for rain that afternoon, but we got what seemed to be the prelude in the way of a steady drizzle that barely wet things, but made the air very heavy. The blackflies seemed to thrive on this and took full advantage of the season's bounty in the form of our flesh. When it gets to the point where you're just wiping them off of you, they're pretty thick. Maybe it's just the places we are visiting this year, but they seem much worse than last year when we had surprisingly little problem with them in June. I think this is a more typical year than last.


Although the visibility was limited to about 15 miles there were excellent views of what was still visible. I love it when the atmospheric conditions create all these little clouds in the valleys below the mountains and they just rise up the slopes and surround the mountaintops. The view is constantly changing. Walking in the clouds has great healing powers for the mind, body and soul. Emma stops on a rock and closes her eyes. There's no place she'd rather be than on a mountaintop with mommy and daddy. She eats every morsel of food we brought for her, and then some. It's her reward for being such a good hiking companion all these years.

Southwest towards Passaconaway and the Tripyramids

Our hikes are shorter and don't climb quite so high now. She is feeling it. She has eclipsed us both in dog years now. It's really hard to think about. I don't want these days to ever end...

Best Girl

Full set of pics here: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/SouthMiddle-Moat-61210/12559778_ukFHS#901414376_LS5eD)

06-15-2010, 07:48 PM
Great shots and report. Thanks

06-15-2010, 09:16 PM
Cute pictures of Emma Kevin!

06-16-2010, 07:06 AM
Nothing like hiking amongst a gathering of friendly clouds. :) Awesome views in a beautiful place. Hard to believe that you're almost standing in North Conway (OK over N Conway) in the middle of this. Nice!

Snow Miser
06-16-2010, 07:41 AM
Great TR and photos of your hike. Emma certainly looks like a good hiking companion. May many, many more hikes lie ahead for the three of you.:)

KD Talbot
06-16-2010, 09:57 AM
I appreciate the positive feedback!

@ Mark- It's fun to stand up there and pick out landmarks in Conway. It's a great hike with the feeling of being much higher and more remote. If you look to the west you would never know you weren't in the wilderness.

@ Snowmiser - We certainly hope so! Like most, we've been so focused on the mountaintops we haven't explored 90% of the White Mountain National Forest. Lots of roaming left to do!


06-17-2010, 07:47 AM
Great pictures. I agree that, that type of cloud cover is one of the best landscapes to enjoy on the peak.

In the first shot of Emma on Middle Moat, is South Moat's peak in the background? I have never hiked these, so I have no idea if that is in fact the South Peak.

As for Emma getting older, I'm sure she's enjoying the shorter trips just as much as the longer ones. I'm sure those paws have a lot more peaks in them yet!

Thanks for sharing,

KD Talbot
06-17-2010, 10:38 AM
@ KSearl- Yes, that is South Moat beyond Emma. South and Middle are relatively close to each other and pretty easy to reach. North is a little further away and there's a deep col between Middle and North. We'll do the whole traverse someday when the blackflies are gone. North Moat is a beautiful mountain as is the whole ridge, well worth doing and maybe more interesting (and strenuous) than many of the 4ks.


06-19-2010, 12:04 PM
@ Snowmiser - We certainly hope so! Like most, we've been so focused on the mountaintops we haven't explored 90% of the White Mountain National Forest. Lots of roaming left to do!
Obviously from your statement, you already know this. However, just to reinforce it, there are indeed lots of very enjoyable hikes that don't involve hiking to a mountaintop. Quite often, I do non-peak hikes, and don't even bother to post most of them.

What I've found so liberating is to realize that you can walk a trail that goes to a summit, but you don't have to go to the summit to enjoy the hike!! The lower portions of many trails that lead to mountaintops can be very enjoyable and picturesque. Just to name a few of my favorites: Mt. Tremont Trail, North Twin Trail, and Flume Slide Trail.

Another thing I like to do on days when I'm not hiking to a mountaintop is to hike to a pond. Call it "pond-bagging", if you will! Most ponds-treks are relatively flat walking, except for a few like Norcross Pond.