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

Overnight
Clear, with a low around -11. Wind chill values as low as -21. West wind around 5 mph.

Saturday
Sunny. High near 9, with temperatures falling to around 3 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -26. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy. Low around -2, with temperatures rising to around 4 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -24. West wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday
Isolated snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 11. Wind chill values as low as -22. West wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday Night
A slight chance of snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around -10. Northwest wind 30 to 35 mph.

Monday
A slight chance of snow showers after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 6.

Monday Night
Snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about