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The Moat Boulder can be found at the far end of the boulderfield. You will notice a house-sized boulder perched in the middle of a marsh--that's it. The water level is dependent on the season, but the side facing the road usually offers the driest starts. It goes without saying (as I say it right now) that you should avoid this area during the spring, as billions of sadistic insects find their home at the base of the Moat Boulder.

Getting There

Follow the main trail through the Black Jacks. The Moat Boulder is the west most huge boulder before you get over to the West Blackjacks.

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matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Mark they look like a little like that, I will take a picture next time I am out there and we can figure it out for sure... :) Apr 9, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Here is a link to a description of the fragrant fern (also called fragrant wood fern or fragrant cliff fern)- dyopteris fragans, which is the one we should be especially careful of: gobotany.newenglandwild.org…

The big fern carpets on top of the boulders are another kind. Apr 9, 2010
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
They are the same ferns that are around the base of the Parking Lot wall. There are a lot of them on the top of the the boulders at Blackjack Boulders. As far as I am aware they are the endangered ones, someone pointed them out to me one time by the parking lot wall and I think they are the same ones.

paghat.com/images/fernauric…

That link is what they look like, there is a lot of them so I may have been miss informed...

But either way we should be conscious of the plant life and be friendly to our surroundings :) Apr 9, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Are they fragrent ferns? Apr 9, 2010
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Careful on the top of this boulder there are a lot of endangered ferns so please watch your step! Apr 8, 2010
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Yeah it didnt look to hard but just a little on the tall side... Jan 18, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
if its the one im thinking of i found it to be wicked fun and maybe a spooky V0-V1 Jan 18, 2009
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
Does anyone know any information about the route between the two moat boulders to the left of the Down Climb it has been cleaned and is probably around 25 feet high. This route is a crack that runs straight up the rock, any info? Jan 18, 2009
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
I have to say that the boulder field is an amazing place to explore. It is much bigger than it appears and it seems that there are an infinite number of little caves and passageways. It's a mysterious place for sure. Nov 26, 2007
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
There is more big stuff further West Jay. If you keep going, then head back from the road and crawl around you will find a bunch of cool hidden overhangs Nov 26, 2007

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