|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, Mt. Moriah, Mt. Surprise, NH|
||Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 15, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking at Nineteen Mile Brook trailhead early in the morning, but I'm told it fills up quickly. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few points along the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail when you will cross the Nineteen Mile Brook but the water level was fairly low making the crossing an easy rock hop. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No issues. Trail was clean and clear. A few of the bog bridges look like they could use an upgrade or minor maintenance. |
||Barely any. |
|Lost and Found:
||"Found" trash (and added it to my trash bag) at a stealth camp site just before South Carter. But other than that the trail was clear. ||
||Hit the trail at 6:30 a.m. with the goal of knocking off the three Carter mountains (Dome, South and Middle). Nineteen Mile Brook Trail is as pleasant a hiking trail as you could hope for. A gentle assent. The Carter Dome Trail is a series of switchbacks that steadily ascend to the shady crossroads at Zeta Pass. Mt. Hight was everything it was made out to be - devoid of trees and open to an amazing vantage point (primarily the Presidential Range to the west). A thirty minute jaunt to the summit of Carter Dome was a little underwhelming - a trail sign, a cairn and lots of broken glass. After that it's a pretty standard ridge traverse to South Carter (an even sadder cairn tucked out of the way under some trees) and Middle Carter. By noon I found myself at the junction of the North Carter/Imp Trail. Instead of calling it a day early I pressed on. After North Carter the terrain seemed to get decidedly rockier - more scrambles, more baking rock slabs. After much huffing and puffing in the shade (Hot sun, no wind) I finally made it to Mt. Moriah. |
I joined fellow hikers Jack and Matt for the trip down the Carter-Moriah Trail to Gorham. I'm eternally grateful to them for giving me a lift back to my car - parked at the Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead - which felt like a thousand miles away.
All in all, a great day of hiking and meeting new friends.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.