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Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter
Jackson, NH, Bean's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Bog Brook Trail
The Bog Brook Trail

Route: Bog Brook Trail, Rainbow Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter-Moriah Trail, (South Carter), Carter-Moriah Trail, (Middle Carter), Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge Cutoff

Bog Brook Trail was damp/muddy this morning, with last night's storm making things a bit wet. Some decent fall foliage colors on this stretch, but otherwise I prefer taking the forest road to bypass the copious water crossings.

Rainbow Trail was generally dry with some wet areas in the spruce. Leaves are mostly down, but still some colors. The views from the subpeak of Carter Dome were particularly striking today. We encountered zero people on this trail.

The ridge had some slippery areas, including some frosty bog bridging, as well as some mud. Rime in the trees in places, but no snow/ice on the ground.

North Carter Trail was its usual sloppy self with running water, mud, and terrible erosion. Imp Trail was slippery up high and coated with leaves thereafter (still some nice foliage colors).

Blue skies, warm in the sun, crowds relatively light.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Parking Elevation: 1,810'
Destination: Carter Dome
Time Elapsed: 03:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,810'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Distance: 6 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,346'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:10
Trailhead Elevation: 4,832'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 945'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 595'
Hike Time Elapsed: 8:21
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,986'


The Bog Brook Trail trailhead on Carter Notch Road
The Bog Brook Trail trailhead on Carter Notch Road

The Rainbow Trail on the way to Carter Dome
The Rainbow Trail on the way to Carter Dome

Looking at the Northern Presidentials from the Carter Dome viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Northern Presidentials from the Carter Dome viewpoint

The Carter Moriah Trail
The Carter Moriah Trail

The Baldfaces as seen from South Carter - Click to enlarge
The Baldfaces as seen from South Carter

The Carter Moriah Trail
The Carter Moriah Trail

Looking at the Northern Presidentials from Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Northern Presidentials from Middle Carter

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North to Jackson, then take a right onto 16A. Take a left onto Carter Notch Road. In late spring, summer, and fall, the Bog Brook Trail trailhead can be reached by driving to near the end of this road. A small parking area is located at the trailhead, on the right side of the dirt road.

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