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Mt. Moriah
Gorham, 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
The Carter Moriah Trail

Route: Stony Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Mt. Moriah), Carter-Moriah Trail, Stony Brook Trail

While I probably could have used a day off after five consecutive days of long hikes and various leg soreness as a result, the impending weather forecast persuaded me to get out and enjoy perhaps the last dry day for the foreseeable future.

The Stony Brook water crossing was surprisingly easy - amazing how much it's dropped in a month. While the lower portion of the trail was smooth sailing, I soon discovered that the upper portions have less than favorable footing without snow on the ground - there are some decent rocky stretches - a far cry from the smooth sailing I had in March.

The Carter Moriah Trail was scenic as usual. I did find myself racing clouds to the summit, as the oncoming storm system crawled in. Other than a small patch of snow at the Kenduskeag Trail junction, things were mostly dry.

The views from the summit were quite good, though clouds were quickly covering points to the west and south.

After a brief dinner break at the final set of ledges on the Carter Moriah Trail, I was able to make it back to the trailhead without a headlamp - just barely. Nice to get out one last time before rain, rain, rain.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Moriah
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:07 PM
Parking Elevation: 930'
Destination: Mt. Moriah
Ascent Commenced: 4:08 PM
Summit Reached: 6:25 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:17
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 4,049'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,329'
Hike Ended: 9:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:56
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,549'

The Stony Brook Trail trailhead
The Stony Brook Trail trailhead

White lady slippers along the Stony Brook Trail
White lady slippers along the Stony Brook Trail

Looking to the north from Mt. Moriah - Click to enlarge
Looking to the north from Mt. Moriah

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Pinkham Notch. The Stony Brook parking area will be on the right, at the beginning of Mt. Carter Road. The Stony Brook Trail trailhead is a few dozen feet further up Mt. Carter Road, on the left.

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