Wednesday, June 22, 2011

#38 Carter Dome

#38 Carter Dome (4832'), July 11, 2010.

Mileage: 10 miles RT

Elevation gain: 3250'

Trailhead: Nineteen Mile Brook trail is located on Route 16 several miles north of Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. 
Lesson learned: There's often a direct correlation between steep and beautiful.

Hiked with Marie, Dave, Rich and Eileen on a hot but beautiful day. We took Nineteen Mile Brook trail to Carter Dome trail to Carter-Moriah Ridge trail to the summit.  We continued to Carter Notch hut, returning to the trailhead via Nineteen Mile Brook trail.  This route is sometimes called the "lollipop loop."  Ascent had good footing and consistent grade.  We met a young hiker who turned out to be the son of a woman who would hike the Bonds with me (Louise).

Summit of Carter Dome. Never could find a USGS marker.
The trail from Carter Dome summit to Carter Notch hut was very steep with nice views.

Marie getting ready to head down to Carter Notch hut. Notch (and Wildcat) are in the background.
Hung out at Carter Notch hut for a bit before heading up the trail .  There is a cool lake at the hut and a rock slide pile called the ramparts.  This is a hike I would do again, though next time I will climb Mt. Hight as well.

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