White Mountains - Day 2: Carter Dome & Mount Hight

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Mount Hight and Carter Dome, White Mountains, Carter-Moriah Range, New Hampshire, USA

Lenght: 16 kilometers round-trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation: Mount Hight - 1425 meters; Carter Dome - 1473 meters

Elevation gains: 1052 meters in total

Moving time: 6 hours

Date: November 13, 2015

Climbers: 2

Mount Hight summitMount Hight summit

Mount Hight and Carter Dome are not as well known as Mt Washington, but offer an interesting hiking alternative when the weather is not cooperating. Both peaks are almost entirely below the treeline, consequently offering protection from the wind. Furthermore, Mt Hight is said to have the best view in the entire mountain range. Even though both mountains are above 4000 feet, only Carter is among the four-thousand footers, since Hight is said to be a secondary peak to Carter.

Carter Dome trailCarter Dome trail

As both mountains were almost completely in the forest, and not considered major peaks in the region, we wrongfully assumed that the way up would be pretty straightforward... Fortunately, our Mt Washington trail map also included that region of the park, and allowed us to navigate through the many trails are crossroads leading to the summits.

Carter Dome trailCarter Dome trail

The trailhead is directly off the main road, although there are almost no signs advertising it. There is a small parking area just by it with a $5 or less fee - bring cash. There is also a trail register by the beginning of the trail. The trails are very beautiful, and definitely worth it. There are very few locations where the trail gets a little steeper, but otherwise it is a nice long walk in the forest accessible to most somewhat fit people.

Carter Dome trailCarter Dome trail

We opted for this hike as an alternative to Madison and Adams as the weather forecast was very bad (wind faster than 100kph, snow and rain most of the day). The forest sheltered us from wind and most of the precipitations as well, although we had to cross a small stream.

Carter Dome trailCarter Dome trail

Since there is not a lot to say about them, either enjoy the pics or even better go hike them!

 


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