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South Carter & Hight!

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  • 19 Mile Brook Trail Head Parking Lot

    Route 16, Jackson, NH (map)

    44.302270 -71.221080

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  • 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)
    • Lunch
    • Snack/Energy Food (extra food)
    • Map/Compass/Whistle
    • 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*
    • Stove*
    • Fire (waterproof matches, lighter, starter)
    • Repair Kit/Knife
    * Gaiters

    • Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Toiletries
    • Trekking Poles (very helpful when using snowshoes; very helpful when not using snowshoes)
    • Camera/Binoculars

    * 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

    Additional Information

    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):

    Liability Waiver

    As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • naturegirl

    Up for staying at the hostel.

    April 6

    • Mike R

      Did you decide to stay at the hostel? Which night(s)?

      April 10

  • Jeff

    BRiNG YOuR SNoWsHoES!!

    Should the forecast hold (clear skies w/ lower elevations in or near the low 50's, & higher elevations in or near the mid-40's), we're sure to experience lots of soft snow, and with soft snow comes soft trails, and with soft trails comes postholing.

    To avoid stepping right into the middle of this terrible "infliction" of spring hiking, snowshoes are necessary.

    April 10

  • Jeff

    Who's up for a return trip south Saturday after the hike??

    A show of hands, please!!

    April 8

  • Andrew P.

    Just like Lysa, I wanted to know if I could carpool with someone too. I live in Woonsocket. Anyone near or passing by that area?

    April 6

  • Mike R

    I called the Hostel. There is room for everyone for both nights, and since it's half the price of the Highland Center, I'm changing my recommendation to the hostel.
    Anyone interested in carpooling up on Friday night?

    April 6

  • Lysa A.

    Is anyone making this a day trip? If so, I'll looking to carpool with someone if there is room.

    April 6

  • Dennis

    Other options: Possibly Dave & Debra's ski club at $25/nite, Hostel in Conway at $27/nite, various hotels, snow cave or for Sue the Ritz Carlton!!!!

    1 · April 6

  • Dennis

    Alert hiker Mike R. pointed out an overnite option:

    Shapleigh Bunkhouse is part of the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. It's a separate building with more reasonably priced accommodations, and it's a better place to hang out than the main lodge.

    As of Friday there were 4 slots open on Friday night and 9 on Saturday night.

    $51 per night for AMC Members and $61 for non-members. Includes dinner and breakfast. Save $8-10 if you don't want dinner. Friday dinner is a buffet, 6-9pm. Saturday is family style, 6:00 pm. The bunkhouse also has a small kitchen if people want to bring in food. Another advantage of staying at the Highland Center is access to the LL Bean gear room. You can borrow everything you could possibly need for outdoor adventures but underwear and skis.

    April 6

  • Richard

    Spartan race that weekend.

    March 31

  • KenM

    Guys, I'm sorry, but I am going to have to bow out. :( :( :( A southern NH hike that a friend has been putting together, which has been in planning stages for a little while, is now unfortunately scheduled for the same day. I just found out about the date this morning. Wish I could do both hikes! I miss hiking hiking with you all, so hopefully I can catch you next time. Have a good and safe trip!

    March 31


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