Route: 19-Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail (South), Camp Dodge Shortcut, Roadwalk
Mileage: 13.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 4400'
Book Time: 8hr 45min (actual 8hr 20min)
Around 1.5 years ago, a series of hikes were posted on the Random Group of Hikers Meetup Group that were along the lines of "11 mile hike to #11 on 11/11/11", "Hike to #12 on 12/12/12", and so on. One of those was for a hike on 12/13/14 to #15 (Middle Carter). I rarely hike with this group, preferring to lead my own hikes with the Northeast Peakbaggers, but I signed up for the waiting list for that one since it was a weekend hike and thus I had a chance to make it. As the day approached, I still could make it, and made it onto the actual hike, and so off I was for my 3rd hike of the 3 Carters on the 4000-footer list in 2014!
While waiting in the parking lot, I saw Rachel and Isis arrive and begin gearing up (well, Isis stayed in the nice warm car while Rachel warmed up). I last ran into them nearly a year before, on a hike to Mount Cabot, and it was great to say high again to the both of them. They were off to the Wildcats, though we would run into them a little while later at the Carter Dome Trail junction. I also had a chance to say a quick hi to the group organizer for the northeast Peakbaggers, Allison, who was off with a group to Pinkham Notch to climb the Wildcats from the hard direction! Once everyone for our group arrived, we put on the snowshoes (there was already a nice snowpack in the mountains, such a change from the last 2 Decembers!), and set off, our merry group of 8. This was my first hike on new snowshoes, the Tubbs Flex Alp, since my MSR Lightning Ascents had suffered a broken crampon/binding the week before on Garfield. So far, so good with the new shoes!
|Off we go!|
|19-Mile brook Trail cloaked in early-winter finery|
|At the Carter Dome junction, turn here guys, don't go the way you were going!|
|One of the few peeks of blue sky we had on the ascent|
|Ascending the Carter Dome Trail|
|The snow is so deep, the branches that are usually overhead were at our waist and sometimes lower!|
|On Carter Dome|
|Descending the ledge near Middle Carter|
|The lower portion of the Imp Trail|