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Mt. Surprise, Mt. Moriah|
Gorham, NH, Shelburne, 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 Carter Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Surprise
Route: Carter Moriah Trail
After a few days off due to a sore foot, I decided to try something perhaps a bit more gradual.
It was a beautiful day weatherwise, though the clouds were rolling in from the west. The Carter Moriah Trail to Mt. Surprise was generally in pretty good shape. The views from the ledges below Mt. Surprise were quite good, as the Presidentials were easily seen.
Skipping the true summit of Mt. Surprise, I was soon heading up the steep slabs - I forgot how tough these could be in wet weather - good thing I put off this hike until a nice day! The mud bog with bogwalks was a pain - the bogwalks are rotting away and a few of them toss up mud when stepped on.
Reaching the summit, I was stunned by the quality of the views. While points to the west were increasingly hazy, the views in other directions were stunning crisp. Even the distant peaks in the Rangeley area were easily seen, such as the Saddlebacks, Sugarloaf, and Abraham. I couldn't help but spend some time on the summit, taking in the amazing scenery.
I was tempted to hang out at the Mt. Surprise ledges for sunset, however I decided I'd rather get through Pinkham Notch before dark. A beautiful day for Mt. Moriah.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Carter Moriah Trail trailhead on Bangor Street
Looking at the Presidentials from the ledges below the Mt. Surprise summit
Looking up the Carter Moriah Trail between Mt. Surprise and Mt. Moriah
Looking northeast from Mt. Moriah
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North to Gorham, then take US 2 East. Just after crossing the river, take a right onto Bangor Street. Trailhead is at the end of this street on the left. There is limited parking at the trailhead.
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