Moosilauke Ravine Lodge

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Coordinates: 43°59′36″N 71°48′59″W / 43.99333°N 71.81639°W / 43.99333; -71.81639

The Lodge, the main building of the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge complex

Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is a cabin complex at the base of Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is owned and operated by Dartmouth College, and open to the public from May through October.

After September 2016, the lodge will be shut for a year as part of a major reconstruction project.[1]


The main lodge structure, built on the site of old horse stables, was completed in 1938 under the direction of woodsman C. Ross McKenney from native spruce cut on the mountain. It was originally intended as a ski lodge, and hosted some of the nation's earliest competitive skiing. However, the harsh New Hampshire winters made heating the large log structure a severe challenge, and during the rise of other large mountain ski resorts in the 1950s, the Moosilauke ravine lodge fell into disuse. It was saved from ruin by Al Merrill, Director of Outdoor Programs and ski coach, who championed its value for students and the community.

It is managed by the Outdoor Programs Office and staffed by Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Outing Club students and recent alumni. The lodge is open from mid-May to mid-October, with two weeks starting in the end of August reserved for the Dartmouth First-Year Trips. The staff provides a family-style, home-cooked dinner every night, which is attended not only by Dartmouth students, but by community members, Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, tourists, and Dartmouth professors. In summer, the lodge also houses the Trail Crew, a crew of Dartmouth Outing Club students who help maintain the seventeen Dartmouth Cabins and the 50 miles (80 km) of Appalachian Trail between Hanover and Mount Moosilauke.


The term "Moosilauke Ravine Lodge" actually refers to a complex of buildings. The main building (referred to as "The Lodge") has the kitchen, dining room, the Lougee Lounge and library, a classroom, bunkrooms, and the bathroom facilities. The outlying buildings are mostly bunkhouses, sleeping anywhere between 2 and 12 people. The dining room and library of the lodge are heated, when necessary, by large stone fireplaces. In addition to providing showers to hikers, the front desk rents out linens and sells some basic hiking supplies. [2]

The complex lies in a valley above the Baker River on the southeast flank of Mt. Moosilauke, with access to more than 30 miles (48 km) of trails, which range from easy walks to strenuous hikes. The lodge is not far from the Appalachian Trail, which crosses over the top of Mt. Moosilauke, the first point for through-hikers arriving from the south where the trail rises above treeline.[citation needed]

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