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The Carter Range

09-03-2009

Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

14 miles with 4400 feet of gain
  • Carter Dome (4832 Feet, NH) globe Mountain
  • Middle Carter (4610 Feet, NH) globe Mountain
  • South Carter (4430 Feet, NH) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     We parked at the nineteen mile brook trailhead, the hike up to the hut took me by a bit of a surprise as I wasn't expecting so much vertical gain. We stopped at the hut for a quick break before beginning the climb up Carter Dome. The area around the huts and the ponds is beautiful, the notch is so steep and there are house sized blocks strewn about the valley. The climb up Carter dome was very steep at the beginning (mostly stone steps). Eventually the climb relaxed a bit and we reached the summit. We took a quick break at the summit before continuing over to Mt. Hight.

      Usually I avoid additional vertical gain like the plague, but I had heard this was the best view of the hike so we made the diversion. When we arrived we soaked in the view for a while before descending to the notch between Carter Dome and the rest of the range.

      Once in the notch Nicole and I searched around for some water as I was worried about running out. We found a trickling stream and pumped some water into my hydration bladder. The climb up the rest of the carter range was fairly gradual and provided us with a few neat views. After Middle Carter the trail stayed on the ridge and went over a few bumps. The trail was nice but the PUD was unexpected.

      The descent down the trail was nice most of the way as the grade was gradual and there weren't a lot of rocks on the trail. At the bottom we searched for the faint remains of a logging road. This slowed our pace near the bottom, eventually I began to worry that we missed it. It turns out the logging road was a mowed former logging road and you couldn't miss it if you tried. The road dumped us out at camp dodge and we had a short road walk back to the car.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Good views
Seeing carter notch
Nice trail conditions

The Bad:

The road walk at the end
The bugs attacking us during the road walk
Just missing out on getting to ragged mountain

The Drive

There was a lot of driving that weekend

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  • AMC maps
  • White mountain map
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