We emerged separately on the Carriage Road around 5:00 pm - Thom well ahead of me - about midway between the main summit of Moosilauke and the South Peak. Due to the lateness of the hour we decided to forego the main summit, which we have both been to many times. Thom is the longtime adopter of the Glencliff Trail and he headed there to do some brushing on the upper section while I took the side trail to the South Peak for its unique views.
The main summit of Moosilauke from South Peak, with the cut of the Carriage Road winding up to "Middle Peak." There's a bit of Moosilauke history associated with the bushwack up Slide Ravine. In October 1942 a group of Dartmouth students led by James Hardigg bicycled from Hanover to Glencliff (due to gas rationing) and climbed one of the slides. As recounted in the program for the DOC Jubilee Program at Moosilauke in 1995, Hardigg wrote, “...we went along the base of the mountain past beaver ponds to the foot of the slide. Going up the slide, we were careful not to dislodge rocks that might trigger more sliding.” From the top of the slide they pushed for an hour through dense conifer growth to timberline. Looking to the left towards the summit, Hardigg saw “a slender tower, but no Summit House…The tower on the left peak appeared to have the proportions of a meteorological instrument tower.” Suspicious of German espionage activity, they crept northward through the scrub at the edge of timberline for three-quarters of an hour up to the summit. They discovered that the slender tower was the chimney of the Summit House, which had been struck by lightning and consumed in a fire. It marked the end of an era on Moosilauke.
Starting the 3 mile, 3000-ft, descent on Glencliff Trail.
Thom had cleared the short side path up to the talus slope just above the trail near the top of the steep, rocky "Agony" section of the trail. There are fine views west from here, as well.