Route 16, Jackson, NH
Before the winter fades from white to black we gots some hiking to do. One of my favorites is the Carter range. Once you're on top of this range a view to west provides a dazzling view of the Presidentials and to the east you enjoy the vast Wild River Wilderness. The real fun for us of course will be trekking on the AT both north and south.
At 10.4 miles this hike is long but moderate. My nephew could do the first 1.9 miles in his Dr. Denton's. The second 1.9 miles, well, its aided by 7 broad switchbacks (a rarity in these parts.) Once at the Zeta Pass we'll stop to collect ourselves, cavort with other hikers, nip our flasks and make fast our pack straps. Heading north just 0.8 miles we're on the summit of South Carter (4,430'.) Backtracking to Zeta Pass we'll check the wounded, apply pressure and head south just 0.6 miles of steep terrain to the Summit of Mount Hight (4,675'.) This 360 degree bald summit offers a spectacular view of the Presidentials.
From here it's all down hill baby!
Trail Head: We'll meet at the trail head of the 19 mile brook trail. There's a lot on the right hand side of route 16. It's about one mile north of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The AMC shuttle stops at this parking lot.
Note: Even though it's spring high elevation hiking and unpredictable winter storms requires full winter gear.
Car Pool: Recommended but at your own risk.
Cool Weather/Spring Essentials (required):
• Snow Shoes and micro spikes
• Synthetic or Wool Wicking Underpant & Undershirt
• Mid-layer Synthetic or Wool Insulating Pant & Shirt
• Softshell/Fleece Jacket
• Waterproof/Windproof Shell & Pant
• Synthetic or Wool Sock Liners (wicking layer)
• Synthetic or Wool Socks
• Sturdy Hiking Boots (waterproof)
• Hat & Gloves
• Extra Insulating Layers (pant & top)
• Extra pair of Socks
• Water (min. 2L - warmer temps may require more water)
• Snack/Energy Food (extra food)
• Headlamp/Flashlight (w/ fresh lithium batteries)
• Emergency Blanket (so small & light, there's no reason not to carry one)
The Remaining Essentials:
• Medication/First Aid Supplies*
• Hand Warmers
• Sleeping Bag & Pad*
• Light-weight Emergency Shelter/Bivy*
• Fire (waterproof matches, lighter, starter)
• Repair Kit/Knife
• Trekking Poles (very helpful when using snowshoes; very helpful when not using snowshoes)
* To Be Carried Among The Group
LET'S NOT UNDERESTIMATE ANYTHING; come prepared for the worst... cold-cold temps., snowy-snowy weather, darkness and lots of wind.
Carter-Moriah Trail Background
Sunrise: 6:09 AM
Sunset: 7:25 PM
Approx. High Temp: Check back
Approx. Low Temp: Check back
Weekend AccuWeather Forecast:
7-Day National Weather Forecast (NOAA):
Mt. Washington Observatory Higher Summits Forecast:
Weather & Trail Conditions (TrailsNH):
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