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Middle Carter Mountain, 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 Imp Trail on the way to Middle Carter
Looking up the Imp Trail on the way to Middle Carter

Route: Route 16, Camp Dodge road, unknown trail, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Middle Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, (South Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail

To mix things up a bit, and to ensure no after-dark-roadwalking, I decided to ascend the Carters via Camp Dodge. After walking from Nineteen Mile Brook to the camp, I worked my way straight up the road, to the left of a workshop of some sort, to the logging road to the Imp Trail. The beginning of the logging road was blocked by a recent blowdown, however the rest of it was in good shape.

The Imp Trail looked as if it was in the midst of moderate trail work - new waterbars, steps, etc. Reaching the North Carter Trail, it was dry for once - that us, until I neared the top, at which point it turned into its apparently normal, wet self.

The Carter-Moriah Trail was in good shape as I worked my way to Middle Carter. At one point, I spotted a potential herd path to Mt. Lethe - I followed it for a bit, but turned back as I was wearing shorts and didn't feel like getting cut up.

Though hazy and increasingly cloudy, the views from the area around Middle Carter were nonetheless good. Working my way to South Carter, the sky continued to cloud up. Reaching the summit, I did the very short bushwhack to the vista for some more views.

The descent was pretty bland as normal. I was able to arrive back at the parking lot well before the sunset.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:07 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 2:18 PM
Summit Reached: 4:17 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:59
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 3,260'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:17 PM
Summit Reached: 4:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 4,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 415'
Hike Ended: 6:57 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,835'


The beginning of the logging road at Camp Dodge
The beginning of the logging road at Camp Dodge

Flowers at Camp Dodge
Flowers at Camp Dodge

Looking at the Baldfaces from Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Baldfaces from Middle Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter

Wildflowers on the Carter Dome Trail
Wildflowers on the Carter Dome Trail

Looking at Mt. Hight and Carter Dome from South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Hight and Carter Dome from South Carter

Topographic map of Middle Carter Mountain, 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 is on the right side of the road. A clockwise loop hike can be had by walking north on Route 16 to and then up Camp Dodge Road, bearing left at a junction, then walking straight up the road to a logging road (a workshop of some sort will be on the right next to the beginning of the logging road). The logging road leads to the Imp Trail.

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