Ascent of Mount Hight on 2011-06-10

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Leslie Mullen
Date:Friday, June 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hight
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4675 ft / 1424 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at the trailhead around 9AM and started up Nineteenmile Brook Trail. We took the left fork up the Carter Dome Trail to Mt Hight. Not much to this trail, it gets pretty steep approaching the top of Hight. The summit of Hight is very nice, with great views as it is exposed. There is more of the typical going from Hight to Carter Dome. Carter Dome was a pretty lame summit; the remains of the old fire tower are there, and there is a large open area with no views. The descent to Carter Notch was fun. It is pretty steep, but not too difficult. This was my first time in Carter Notch, and it was awesome. Both the south and north walls of the saddle are very steep and imposing, which is really cool.

We arrived at the Hut at 1PM and decided that we hadn't had enough, so after chatting with the people working at the hut for a few minutes, we decided to head up Wildcat. We were warned that the trail was very steep and rugged, and while yes, it was pretty steep climbing up to Wildcat A, it didn't seem that steep or rugged. Watson path on Madison is steeper. We summitted in about 30 minutes. There was a nice viewpoint at the summit and we sat for a few minutes while we finished off our food before continuing south to Wildcat D. The trail to Wildcat D was perhaps a little more rugged than the really popular trails, but still wasn't too bad. We passed the top of the ski lift and found at the summit of D that the ski resort had built a viewing platform on the summit and cut the tops of the trees away around it. A little disappointing, but it did offer great views. We stayed just a few minutes then pushed on.

Lots of PUD's from Wildcat D to the final descent to RT 16. This was probably the coolest terrain though. Lots of big rock formations like in Carter Notch, there was one rock that split and formed a cave that we could walk through which was cool. A bit further down there was a spring just off the trail where I refilled my water bottle, delicious.

We arrived down at Rt 16 at about 4:30-5 and started walking north as our car was about 5 miles up the road. We tried to thumb it back, but no one was stopping to pick us up. We ran into a solo hiker coming back from hiking Washington who said he would pick up up after he got back to his car, so we were spared 4.5 of the 5 mile walk. We headed back to Boston via the kanc, but stopped off in Burlington MA and got dinner at chili's. Great hike, and a great welcome back to summer hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3035 ft / 925 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3035 ft / 925 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Nineteen-mile Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Rt 16  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Carter Dome/Wildcat

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hight2011-06-10 a
2Carter Dome2011-06-10 b
3Wildcat Mountain2011-06-10 c
4Wildcat B2011-06-10 d
5Wildcat C2011-06-10 e
6Wildcat D2011-06-10 f
7Wildcat E2011-06-10 g

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