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Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South 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.
Looking up the Carter Dome Trail
Looking up the Carter Dome Trail

Route: Nineteen Mile Trail, Carter Dome Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Mt. Hight), Carter-Moriah Trail, (South Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Trail

Fresh off two days of rain, I headed up to Pinkham Notch to hike two Carters.

The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail was snow free, however as I headed up the Carter Dome Trail, I eventually reached 1-2" by the time I reached Zeta Pass.

Reaching the summit of Carter Dome, there was an excellent undercast under the Presidentials, just barely creeping through Zeta Pass. With such nice scenery, I had to head over to Mt. Hight for more views.

Reaching the summit of Mt. Hight, the undercast continued around the Presidentials, while to the east it was a cloudy day.

After dropping steeply down the icy trail off Hight, I headed through Zeta Pass and up to South Carter, where I had decent views to the southeast from the near-summit obscure viewpoint.

While it had been quiet most of the day, the crowds were working their way up by the time I descended.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:17 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Carter Dome
Ascent Commenced: 8:17 AM
Summit Reached: 10:27 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:10
Trailhead Elevation: 1,485'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 3,392'
Destination: Mt. Hight
Ascent Commenced: 10:29 AM
Summit Reached: 10:52 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:23
Trailhead Elevation: 4,832'
Summit Elevation: 4,675'
Vertical Gain: 165'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:55 AM
Summit Reached: 11:36 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 4,675'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 580'
Hike Ended: 2:02 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:45
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,217'


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

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the Carter Dome summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near the Carter Dome summit

The Carter-Moriah Trail to Mt. Hight
The Carter-Moriah Trail to Mt. Hight

Looking Mt. Washington from the Mt. Hight summit - Click to enlarge
Looking Mt. Washington from the Mt. Hight summit

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

The Baldfaces and Pleasant Mountain as seen from the ledge near the summit of South Carter - Click to enlarge
The Baldfaces and Pleasant Mountain as seen from the ledge near the summit of South Carter

Topographic map of Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, South 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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