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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 down the Carter Moriah Trail adjacent to the recent logging
Looking down the Carter Moriah Trail adjacent to the recent logging

Route: Carter Moriah Trail

Trail was generally dry with some mud in the usual places and some wet ledge up high. The mud bug above the ledges was passable on the submerged bog bridge today. No snow or ice on the trail, but a couple of small patches were still visible in the woods in a few of the upper cols.

There has been logging on the past year along perhaps half a mile of trail below Mt. Surprise. Only one logging road crossing, and one section with logging on both sides of the trail (closest stump was perhaps 5 feet from the trail). Not a clear cut, but it brings a lot of sun onto the trail and provides some views. If there's enough snow, the northern cuts could provide a nice backcountry ski opportunity next winter.

Lots of destruction from poorly equipped shoulder season hikers and folks socially distancing off the treadway; trail creep and herd paths are causing permanent damage in places. Also observed more of the bagged dog poop left behind.

Decent morning weather with occasional sun and nice air (high Presis in the clouds though).


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Parking Elevation: 790'
Destination: Mt. Surprise
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 790'
Summit Elevation: 2,194'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,434'
Destination: Mt. Moriah
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 2,185'
Summit Elevation: 4,049'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,134'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:34
Hike Distance: 9 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,868'


The Carter Moriah Trail trailhead on Bangor Street
The Carter Moriah Trail trailhead on Bangor Street

Looking toward the Presidentials from the ledges below the Mt. Surprise summit - Click to enlarge
Looking toward the Presidentials from the ledges below the Mt. Surprise summit

The heavily eroded Carter Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Moriah
The heavily eroded Carter Moriah Trail on the way to Mt. Moriah

Looking at the Carters from Mt. Moriah - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters 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 very limited parking at the trailhead.

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