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South Carter Mountain, Middle Carter Mountain, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight
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.
Carter-Moriah Trail on the way to South Carter
Carter-Moriah 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, (South Carter Mountain), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, (Carter Dome), Carter-Moriah Trail, (Mt. Hight), Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Trail

While I had technically hiked the Carters in summer, I had yet to hike them in actual summer weather. With a decent forecast, I decided to give them a shot in good weather.

While I found the Nineteen Mile Brook dull as usual (once again, I wish there were better footing on it), the Carter Dome Trail was popping with greenery.

Reaching South Carter, I had decent southeastern views from the hidden near-summit vista. After having a sandwich, I headed over to Middle Carter under increasingly cloudy skies.

The views from the Middle Carter vistas were good, though the Presidentials were hiding in the clouds. After passing back over South Carter, I took the Carter Dome Trail up to Carter Dome - amazingly, there wasn't any mud to be seen on this segment of trail (a far cry from summer 2009 hiking!).

The views from the summit vista on Carter Dome were decent, but not quite enough to keep me hanging around. Instead, I decided to have sandwich number two on Mt. Hight, enjoying the panoramic views and cool, breezy conditions.

Other than stopping to cut up a blowdown, the descent was fairly bland. Nonetheless, despite occasional dark clouds, no rain fell.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Carter Dome
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Hight
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 19, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:06 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,485'
Destination: South Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:06 AM
Summit Reached: 11:06 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,485'
Summit Elevation: 4,430'
Vertical Gain: 3,015'
Destination: Middle Carter Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:25 AM
Summit Reached: 11:59 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 4,430'
Summit Elevation: 4,610'
Vertical Gain: 595'
Destination: Carter Dome
Ascent Commenced: 12:05 PM
Summit Reached: 1:39 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:34
Trailhead Elevation: 4,675'
Summit Elevation: 4,832'
Vertical Gain: 1,307'
Destination: Mt. Hight
Ascent Commenced: 1:44 PM
Summit Reached: 2:08 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 4,832'
Summit Elevation: 4,675'
Vertical Gain: 165'
Hike Ended: 4:56 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,162'


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

Looking at the Baldfaces from near the summit of South Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the 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 Baldfaces, Eastman, and Kearsarge North from near the summit of Middle Carter - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Baldfaces, Eastman, and Kearsarge North from near the summit of Middle Carter

The Carter Dome Trail to Carter Dome
The Carter Dome Trail to Carter Dome

Looking at the Carters from Carter Dome - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters from Carter Dome

The Carter-Moriah Trail near Mt. Hight
The Carter-Moriah Trail near Mt. Hight

Looking toward Jackson from Mt. Hight - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Jackson from Mt. Hight

Topographic map of South Carter Mountain, Middle Carter Mountain, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight - 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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