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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.
The Carter-Moriah Trail near Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail near Middle Carter

Route: 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

Snowshoes were fine for Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, and the ridge. Top to bottom snowpack. Maybe 6" of snowpack at the base, increasing to 2 to 3 feet along the ridge, with some deeper drifts.

In between Middle Carter and South Carter, I decided to snowshoe jog to pick up the pace a bit. About a quarter of a mile or so into it, I felt a painful pop in the vicinity of my achilles. Thereafter, there was pain when my foot was flexed (ie less than a 90 degree angle), but I was okay if ascending on my toes, and descending as normal, so I kept a walking pace.

Reaching the flats on the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, an awkward step or two caused it to flare up. The last half mile I was barely able to put weight on that leg.

Once back home, there was no pain when sitting/laying down. However, minimal walking and random movements caused pain and lack of strength. A later MRI revealed a partial tear of the achilles. Hooray.


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: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:30
Trailhead Elevation: 1,490'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 3,260'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 4,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 415'
Destination: Carter Dome
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 1,347'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,187'


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

Mt. Madison as seen from near the summit of Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Mt. Madison as seen from near the summit of Middle Carter

The Carter-Moriah Trail south of Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail south of Middle Carter

Looking at the Baldfaces from near the summit of South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Baldfaces 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

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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