Hike Carter Dome and Mount Hight – Carter Notch AMC Hut

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Carter Dome is located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Standing at 4,832 feet, it is the 9th highest peak in NH. Part of the Carter Moriah range, it sits just East of the Northern Presidentials. Though the peak of Carter Dome doesn’t have incredible views, the view of carter notch is gorgeous, and Mount Hight only a short distance away offers some of the best views in NH. Mount Hight features 360 degree views of the northern presidentials, the Carter Moriah range, and views eastward towards Maine. It is also along the Appalachian Trail.

 

Elevation: 4,832 Feet (1,472.8 meters)
Rating: Difficult
Distance: 10.2 miles roundtrip (16.42 km)
Location: Bean’s Purchase, NH
Hike Time: 5-8 Hours
Mountain Range: Carter-Moriah Range

Panoramic of Carter Notch

 

Trails for Carter Dome

 

Nineteen Mile Brook Trail

5 miles to the summit of Carter Dome 

The trail is 1.9 miles to Carter Dome Trail Junction, and 3.8 miles to Carter Lakes and Carter Notch Hut

 

From Carter Lakes

The Carter-Moriah Trail (Part of AT) is a 1.2 mile stretch to the summit of Carter Dome. Hikers can choose to hike to Mount Hight (Highly recommended due to the amazing 360 degree views. It is only .8 miles away from the summit of Carter Dome, and only a couple hundred feet of elevation difference.

 

Carter Dome Trail

From Mount Hight a short .4 mile section of trail connects to the Carter Dome Trail. The trail then continues 1.9 miles back to the Nineteen Mile Brook trail where you hike back out to the parking area.

This planned trip totals 10.2 miles

 

Trail Map

map carter dome

Map courtesy of 4000footers.com

 

 

Carter Dome Mount Hight Elevation Map

Camping Trips

There are a couple great well used tent spots along the ridge between Carter Dome and Mount Hight that are perfect for 2 person or 1 person tents.

Many prefer the comforts of the AMC Huts, and Carter Notch Hut is a great spot. You can read about the AMC Huts here: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/huts/carter/ 

 

Winter Hiking Carter Dome

 

Directions

Parking located of Rt 16 very shortly after Glen House on the Northbound side of the road. There is plenty of overflow parking on the side of the road as well. This trailhead is for the Nineteen Mile Brook trail, which leads all the way to Carter Notch where hikers can choose to camp at the Carter Notch AMC hut, continue on to Carter Dome, or hike up to Wildcat.

 

Alternate Routes

Wildcat Mountain is a great alternative to Carter Dome. It can be accessed from the same trailhead by simply heading in the other direction once you reach Carter Lakes. South Carter and Middle Carter are nearby the summit of Mount Hight, making them reachable for a longer day hike, or great options for overnights. The Carter Moriah range is great for a long day hike, or an overnight.

 

Nearby Hikes

The view of Washington from Mount Hight is incredible. You’ll probably want to head across Pinkham Notch to go straight there. This hike is often combined with the Wildcats, or with Middle Carter and Mount Moriah.

 

Weather Forecast

Gorham, NH

This Afternoon
Isolated rain showers before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West wind around 15 mph.

Wednesday
A slight chance of rain showers after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of rain showers before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. West wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph.

Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about