Distance: 10 miles
Rock and Root Rating: 3
Mud Rating: 1-2
The Moat Ridge is the Mt. Washington Valley’s version of the Franconia Ridge. The views from the ridge span in all directions. There are great views of the Presidentials from North Moat and great views of the Mt.Washington Valley and Chocorua from Middle and South Moat. Most people start this run from the Diana’s Bath Trailhead off of West Side Rd., climb North Moat, and head south. The climb up North Moat is steep at times, but worth the effort. After summiting North Moat the trail drops down a few small ledges and enters the scrub. More great views can be seen from the Red Ridge Intersection. Most of the trail is in the open from middle Moat to South Moat. The trail drops down to the new trailhead located on Dugway (Passaconaway) Rd. A car spot is recommended unless you like hitchhiking.
To Diana’s Bath: Take River Rd. to West Side Rd. in North Conway. Follow West Side Rd. north past the entrance to the Cathedral Ledge Rd. The Diana’s Bath trailhead is about 0.5 miles ahead on the left.
To Dugway Rd.: Take West Side Rd. from Conway Village about 1.5 miles until you reach Passaconaway Rd. on the left. Follow this about 5 miles until you see the parking lot on the right. If you reach the Dugway Picnic Area you have gone too far.