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Carter Ledge, Middle Sister
Albany, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Carter Ledge
Looking down the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Carter Ledge

Route: Carter Ledge Trail, (Carter Ledge), Carter Ledge Trail, Middle Sister Trail, (Middle Sister), Middle Sister Trail, Carter Ledge Trail

With White Ledge Campground still closed, I parked outside the gate and headed up the Carter Ledge Trail. The trail was generally fairly tame up to the Nickerson Ledge Trail junction, with the exception of a few rocky areas. Shortly thereafter, I reached the gravel slide, where I took the unmarked sharp right turn. From there, I headed up the nice open trail to Carter Ledge, where there were excellent views in all directions.

The climb up to Middle Sister was steep, as I remembered it to be. The last portion featured a few tough, small scrambles that wouldn't be much fun in wet conditions. Once again, at the summit of Middle Sister, I had excellent views in all directions, though some clouds were moving in from the southwest.

For the descent, I took the lesser travelled Middle Sister Trail. After dropping steeply off the ridge, it gradually dropped into the Blue Mountain col, passing a few vista ledges on the left (the lower of which had excellent views). While it was tempting to check out Blue Mountain via a short bushwhack, I wanted to make it out by dark. Thusly, I continued down the now-generally gradual Middle Sister Trail, as it slowly worked it's way back to the Carter Ledge Trail with plenty of minor ups and downs.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Carter Ledge
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Middle Sister
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:15 PM
Parking Elevation: 730'
Destination: Carter Ledge
Ascent Commenced: 3:18 PM
Summit Reached: 4:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:10
Trailhead Elevation: 740'
Summit Elevation: 2,420'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,740'
Destination: Middle Sister
Ascent Commenced: 4:30 PM
Summit Reached: 5:07 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 2,420'
Summit Elevation: 3,340'
Distance: 1.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 980'
Hike Ended: 7:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:04
Hike Distance: 9.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,920'


The Carter Ledge Trail trailhead
The Carter Ledge Trail trailhead

Looking up the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Carter Ledge
Looking up the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Carter Ledge

Looking at the Moats from Carter Ledge - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Moats from Carter Ledge

Looking down the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Middle Sister
Looking down the Carter Ledge Trail on the way to Middle Sister

Looking at Crawford Notch (center) from Middle Sister - Click to enlarge
Looking at Crawford Notch (center) from Middle Sister

A wild flower along the Middle Sister Trail
A wild flower along the Middle Sister Trail

Topographic map of Carter Ledge, Middle Sister - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Tamworth. Shortly after the Piper Trail entrance, the White Ledge Campground will appear on the left. In the off season, there is limited room for parking outside the gate. Upon walking past the gate, take the first paved road on the left. As this road curves back around, the Carter Ledge Trail trailhead is on the left.

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