Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, Mt. Moriah, Mt. Surprise, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at Nineteen Mile Brook trailhead early in the morning, but I'm told it fills up quickly. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
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
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. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Barely any. 
Lost and Found
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. 
Comments: 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.  
Name: warmsummersun 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-09-17 
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