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South Carter Mountain, Middle 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.
Looking up the Carter Dome Trail on the way to South Carter
Looking up the Carter Dome Trail on the way to South Carter

Route: Nineteen Mile Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (South Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, (Middle Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, unknown trail, Camp Dodge road, Route 16

While I had wanted to either do something in the Presidentials or the Nash Stream area, the weather forecast deteriorated. Thus, I decided to head up to the Carters and perhaps get some views prior to the skies opening up.

While the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail was sort of bland, the Carter Dome Trail was bursting with spring greenery down low. The water crossings were fortunately not too high.

Prior to reaching the summit of South Carter, I decided to do some light bushwhacking, in hopes of perhaps finding another near-summit viewpoint. While I think I spotted one through the trees, I didn't feel like wading the trees any longer, thus I returned to the trail, reached the highpoint, then did my now-traditional short bushwhack to the near-summit view ledge.

While I was hoping to enjoy the stretch of trail between the two Carters without snow for the first time, increasing clouds took away from the experience (as well as a few short novelty patches of snow). Nonetheless, I was fortunate enough to get some views from Middle Carter prior to the fog moving in.

Descending the North Carter Trail, I stopped a few times to remove blowdowns and fix a malfunctioning waterbar.

A few miles down the Imp Trail, the skies started to open up - no big deal, though, since I was carrying a rain jacket. That is, until the thunder and hail moved in. While I had been planning to try a bushwhack down the side of Cowboy Brook, the dangerous weather persuaded me otherwise. Instead, I continued down the trail, crossing a smaller brook, then meeting a very obvious logging road. Following that, I soon reached Camp Dodge (subsequently, the storm had ceased). After a short walk up Route 16, I was back at the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail head - a bit wet, but nonetheless enjoying the return of sunshine.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:36 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:36 AM
Summit Reached: 10:51 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:15
Trailhead Elevation: 1,485'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 3,015'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:53 AM
Summit Reached: 11:31 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 595'
Hike Ended: 2:20 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:44
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,835'


The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail trailhead on Route 16
The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail trailhead on Route 16

Big-leaved Avens on the Carter Dome Trail
Big-leaved Avens on the Carter Dome Trail

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

The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter
The Carter-Moriah Trail between South and Middle Carter

Looking at the Presidentials from near the summit of Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from near the summit of Middle Carter

Topographic map of South Carter Mountain, Middle Carter Mountain - Click to enlarge


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 and trailhead are on the right side of the road, immediately after the brook.

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