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Wildcat A, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter Mountain, Middle Carter Mountain, North Carter Mountain
Green's Grant, NH, Bean's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Crossing the slide on the Wildcat Ridge Trail
Crossing the slide on the Wildcat Ridge Trail

Route: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, (Wildcat A), Wildcat Ridge Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter Moriah Trail, (Mt. Hight), Carter Moriah Trail, (South Carter Mountain), Carter Moriah Trail, (Middle Carter Mountain), Carter Moriah Trail, (North Carter Mountain), Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, logging road, Camp Dodge road, Route 16

Another nice, quasi-fall day - perfect for an adventageous hike plan.

Our first stop was Wildcat A. Making good time to Carter Notch, we worked our way up the steeps on the Wildcat Ridge Trail, noting the brush encroaching upon the trail. Reaching the near-summit viewpoint, we had tremendous views.

Our next stop was Carter Dome, via the very steep ascent up the Carter Moriah Trail. Reaching the summit, we had great views once again. Working our way to Mt. Hight, I backtracked to a near-summit viewpoint on the Dome - pushing about 10 feet through some scrub, I arrived in a neat talus slope with much better views than the nearby summit vista.

Back on the trail, we soon worked our way to the crowded Mt. Hight, where we had lunch whilst taking in the panoramic views. While there, I followed a herd path east to a nice ledge view.

After a break in Zeta Pass, we soon arrived on South Carter, doing the short bushwhack to the near-summit-view-ledge. After that, we worked our way along the scenic ridge to Middle Carter. Even with the afternoon light and temperatures, the views were still stunning. Reaching the North Carter Trail junction, we decided to push ahead to North Carter - a new-to-me peak. While the summit area was viewless, there was an amazing view from a ledge adjacent to it.

For the descent, we took the North Carter Trail to the Imp Trail, then cut across the logging road to Camp Dodge, finishing the day with the short roadwalk up Route 16.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Wildcat A
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Carter Dome
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Hight
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: North Carter Mountain
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:31 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Wildcat A
Ascent Commenced: 8:31 AM
Summit Reached: 10:39 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:08
Trailhead Elevation: 1,485'
Summit Elevation: 4,422'
Distance: 4.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,007'
Destination: Carter Dome
Ascent Commenced: 10:43 AM
Summit Reached: 12:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,422'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 1,574'
Destination: Mt. Hight
Ascent Commenced: 12:40 PM
Summit Reached: 1:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 4,832'
Summit Elevation: 4,675'
Vertical Gain: 165'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 1:34 PM
Summit Reached: 2:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:57
Trailhead Elevation: 4,675'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 580'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 2:34 PM
Summit Reached: 3:22 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 595'
Destination: North Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:27 PM
Summit Reached: 3:57 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 4,610
Summit Elevation: 4,530
Vertical Gain: 130'
Hike Ended: 6:45 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 6,246'


The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail trailhead off Route 16
The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail trailhead off Route 16

Looking Carter Dome from near the Wildcat A summit - Click to enlarge
Looking Carter Dome from near the Wildcat A summit

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Carter Dome
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Carter Dome

Looking at the Presidentials from near the Carter Dome summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from near the Carter Dome summit

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Hight
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Hight

Looking at the Presidentials from Mt. Hight - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from Mt. Hight

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to South Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to South Carter

Looking at the Royces and Speckled Mountain from near the summit of South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Royces and Speckled Mountain from near the summit of South Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to Middle Carter

Looking northeast from Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Middle Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to North Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to North Carter

Looking south at the Baldfaces and Kearsarge North from near the summit of North Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking south at the Baldfaces and Kearsarge North from near the summit of North Carter

Topographic map of Wildcat A, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South Carter Mountain, Middle Carter Mountain, North Carter Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North past the Mt. Washington Auto Road entrance. Shortly thereafter, the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail WMNF fee parking area and trailhead are on the right side of the road, immediately after the brook.

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