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Moose Watch: Most difficult, 6.6 km (4.1 miles). This trail leaves Badger Loop to the right about 1.5 km from the parking lot. Round trip distance is 8.6 km (5.3 miles). Clear cut areas provide several vistas, offering spectacular views of the GarfieldRidge, Mt. Hale, North Twin Mountain, Haystack Mountain, Scarface Mountain, Flat Top, and the Sugarloaf Mountains. The highest point along the trail is 615 feet above the parking lot.The area has a resident moose population. Moose browse on the twigs, bark and stems of many woody plants in winter. The likelihood of seeing these animals is best along the edge of the clear cuts. Moose are unpredictable and best observed from a safe distance.In an effort to regenerate trees which are intolerant of shade (mainly white birch and yellow birch), small clear cuts are used to harvest mature, damaged, or diseased areas of the forest. Only a small percentage of the forest is cut at one time. The existing vistas along the Moose Watch Trail will eventually be lost as the young trees grow taller. In the future, there will be additional clear cuts in the area. At that time the trail may be moved to take advantage of new vistas and to permit timber management in the area.Caution: This is not a regularly patrolled trail system. Do not ski alone. For your safety and enjoyment, these trails are signed for one-way travel. Blue diamonds are used along the trail as confidence markers where confusion may exist due to the presence of old logging roads or open spacing of the trees.Directions
Beaver Brook Cross Country Ski Trails begin at Beaver Brook Wayside located on Route 3 between Twin Mountain and Franconia Notch. Access #1: Four miles west of Twin Mountain on Route 3. Access #2: Eight miles east of Franconia Notch, one mile east from the junction of Trudeau Road and Route 3. The Young Adult Conservation Corps constructed three trails in 1980. They offer loop trips of 2.3 km, 3.9 km, and 8.6 km. Trails are not groomed.Highlights
Clear cut areas provide several vistas, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Watch out for moose - they frequent the area.