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Middle Carter Mountain, South Carter Mountain, Carter Dome
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 down the Imp Trail on the way to Middle Carter
Looking down 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, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail

With a colder, windy day forecasted after a brief warm spell, we opted to head to the Carters. Starting at the Nineteen Mile Brook parking lot, we walked down Route 16, then donned snowshoes for the walk through Camp Dodge and up the Imp Trail. Thanks to the warm weather and subsequent freezeup, the trails were hard as a rock, resulting in fairly decent (though loud and a bit rough) going. Unfortunately, I realized my boots were still a bit wet from walking in slush, I had cold feet to say the least.

Reaching the ridge, we had perhaps single digit temperatures with a cold wind, perhaps bringing the wind chill below zero. We were, fortunately, below the cloud level, so there were some views to be seen from Middle Carter and the hidden South Carter vista.

Once at Zeta Pass, I put on my backup socks and had a quite bite to eat. From there, it was a fairly gradual walk up to Carter Dome.

After taking in views from near the summit, we headed back down to Zeta Pass and out via the Carter Dome and Nineteen Mile Brook Trails.


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
Destination: Carter Dome
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, January 3, 2011
Hike Commenced: 8:07 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:24 AM
Summit Reached: 10:52 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 3,260'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:54 AM
Summit Reached: 11:28 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 4,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 415'
Destination: Carter Dome
Ascent Commenced: 11:31 AM
Summit Reached: 12:54 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:25
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 1,347'
Hike Ended: 2:54 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:47
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,187'


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

Looking at Carter Dome and the Wildcats from near the summit of Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at Carter Dome and the Wildcats from near the summit of Middle Carter

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

Looking at Mt. Hight and Carter Dome from near the summit of South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Hight and Carter Dome from near the summit of South Carter

The Carter Dome Trail between South Carter and Carter Dome
The Carter Dome Trail between South Carter and Carter Dome

Looking at Mt. Hight and the Carters from near the summit of Carter Dome - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Hight and the Carters from near the summit of Carter Dome

Topographic map of Middle Carter Mountain, South Carter Mountain, Carter Dome - 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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