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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


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 Rattle River Trail
The Rattle River Trail

Route: Rattle River Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Mt. Moriah), Carter-Moriah Trail, Kenduskeag Trail, Rattle River Trail

Having never hiked the Rattle River Trail before, I decided to give it a go.

The trail was fairly gradual past the shelter with halfway decent footing. The first water crossing was tricky to follow (a prominent path continued left and red blazes made the crossing itself less than obvious), however thereafter the navigation was easy.

The trail steepened later on, eventually climbing up to the ridge to the Kenduskeag Trail.

After an extended break on Moriah (a new V slide was visible on the back of Middle Carter, courtesy the hurricane), I headed down and removed some blowdowns on the Rattle River Trail.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Parking Elevation: 760'
Destination: Mt. Moriah
Time Elapsed: 02:35
Trailhead Elevation: 760'
Summit Elevation: 4,049'
Vertical Gain: 3,439'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,589'

The Rattle River Trail trailhead
The Rattle River Trail trailhead

The upper Rattle River Trail
The upper Rattle River Trail

Looking at the Carters and the new Middle Carter slide from Mt. Moriah - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters and the new Middle Carter slide from Mt. Moriah

Directions to trailhead: From Gorham, take US 2 East. The Rattle River Trail trailhead is located a few minutes from town, on the right.

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