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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Carter Dome
Bean's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Irene-washed-out Wild River Trail
The Irene-washed-out Wild River Trail

Route: Wild River Trail, Black Angel Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter-Moriah Trail, Black Angel Trail, Wild River Trail

Northern section of Wild River Trail has taken a beating - portions resemble a brook bed, while one or two others may have been taken out by the river (there is a herd path at the top of the embankment). Other than getting over a few blowdowns, it's passable, though slower going than one would hope for what would otherwise be a flat, smooth trail.

Black Angel Trail was mostly dry (with a few minor mud patches that probably grow when wet) with plenty of quasi-annoying blowdowns to step over.

Carter-Moriah Trail to the Dome seems a lot more eroded now than I remember a few years ago (haven't been up there much outside of snow season in recent years).

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Carter Dome
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,150'
Destination: Carter Dome
Time Elapsed: 05:49
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Distance: 8 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,732'
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,782'

The Wild River Trail trailhead
The Wild River Trail trailhead

Looking up the Black Angel Trail
Looking up the Black Angel Trail

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

Directions to trailhead: From US 2, take Route 113 south, then take a right onto Wild River Road. The Wild River Trail WMNF fee parking area and trailhead are located on the left just before entering the campground.

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