|Some nice cascades along this trail, which as the name suggests, follows a brook|
|An old dam along the trail - a nice swimming spot on a hot day|
|Wildcat A towers over the Carter Lakes|
Reaching the notch in terrific time, I took a breather before starting what I knew was going to be a tough climb. In 1.2 miles, the Carter-Moriah Trail ascends 1550 feet, and the upper portion is significantly less steep than the lower portion. Slow and steady is the key here, and in relatively good order I made it to the side trail (marked "view") to an overlook next to Pulpit Rock, which commands a great view of Carter Notch from above. I was also able to pick out the view ledge near the summit of Wildcat A from here, and spotted someone on said ledge taking pictures.
|Taking a picture of someone on Wildcat A taking a picture|
|Carter Notch Hut far below next to the ramparts|
|The Northern Presis from Pulpit Rock|
|Wildcat Mountain from Pulpit Rock|
|Carter Dome summit clearing|
|The bald summit of Mount Hight, as seen from Carter Dome|
The walk over to Hight was uneventful aside from the massive mud bog in the col along the way, which required the use of a well-worn bypass through the woods. Once at Mount Hight, I had the desired 360-degree views. Making great time to this point (I had a bit of a deadline to be home by), I took a nice long break here. I did note that unfortunately the birch trees in the Wild River Valley were already all fully turned yellow, which means the hardwoods were not far behind. Since it was going to be a month before I could get up here for a hike again, it meant I would miss the peak foliage once again. Oh well, what can you do. Today was a beautiful day nonetheless, with views pretty much at their maximum.
|Wild River Valley|
|South (L) and Middle (RC) Carter from Mount Hight|
|Jefferson (in clouds), Adams, and Madison|
|Glen Boulder Trail and the Gulf of Slides|
|The Eastern arm of Carter Dome into the Wild River Valley|
|The alpine shoulder on Carter Dome that the Rainbow Trail crosses|
|Washington and Jefferson from Hight|
Eventually prying myself away, I continued on to South Carter, after the steep descent to Zeta Pass from Mount Hight. I found the "stick sign" in the summit clearing to the side of the trail, and checked out the small viewpoint nearby as well. You find something new every visit! It had been a pretty quiet day on the trails to this point, with only scattered encounters with people to this point. After leaving South Carter, I would see no fewer than 18 people before reaching Middle Carter, which was a surprising amount considering.
|Hight (L) and Carter Dome (R) from South Carter viewpoint|
|Hiking towards Middle Carter|
|Summit of Middle Carter|
|Wild River Valley from Middle Carter|
|The Baldface Range|
|Shelburne Moriah - need to explore that ledgy goodness one of these days!|
|Boardwalk section North of Middle Carter on the Carter-Moriah Trail|
Route: 19-Mile Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Loop (South end), logging road, roadwalk
Peaks: Carter Dome (4832', NH4K), Mount Hight (4675', TW72), South Carter (4430', NH4K), Middle Carter (4610', NH4K)
Mileage: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: 4650'
Book Time: 8hr 50min (actual 7hr 50min)