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The Benton Trail has been on my list of trails to hike for quite a while, and I finally got around to doing it. Relative to the other trails up Moosilauke, it is much more quiet.

The trail actually starts at the Tunnel Brook Trailhead due to the destruction of the original trailhead area due to Hurricane Irene. This is a pleasant, section of trail that probably keeps most of the crowds away.




At the actual trailhead for the Benton Trail, I began the moderate ascent up to the top. It's a bit of an eroded trail, but as you get higher up it gets more pleasant, passing a great viewpoint of the valley below on the way, seen in the first picture above.






At the top, there were only clouds, which I've gotten used to on my many ascents of the Moose. All the more reason to book it down. The trail was absolutely perfect for trail running, and I cruised back to the car easily.


Total Time: 2 hrs 24 minsTotal Distance: ~10 miles (9.11 miles on my Garmin Fenix 5x Plus)Total Elevation Gain: ~3400 vertical gain