Ascent of Carter Dome on 2013-08-16

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Carter Dome
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4832 ft / 1472 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked all three Carters as part of a loop starting and ending at NH 16.

I arrived at the Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail trailhead at 7:15 AM after some driving and carbo-loading. The lot was fairly crowded. After paying the fee and gearing up, I set out on that trail.

The trail had an easy grade all the way to the junction with the Carter Dome Trail; it seemed to follow an old roadbed. It stayed close to the brook, making a few crossings along the way. At 1.9 miles, I turned right onto the Carter Dome Trail, which ran another 3.1 miles to Carter Dome's summit.

This trail started out easy, passing and crossing a brook. After the last brook crossing, the grade increased, but stayed moderate. I steadily ascended to Zeta Pass at 3.8 miles, and continued on the Carter Dome, which coincided with the Carter Moriah Trail (AT) in places.

Due to time constraints, I skipped Hight. The trail from Zeta Pass ascended moderately past Mt. Hight, and after it rejoined the CMT upon passing Hight, it was an easy 0.4 mile to Carter Dome's summit. It took me exactly 2 hours to climb it.

The summit was very open, marked by a cairn and old fire tower footings, and had some views to the north. I ate "breakfast" (a sandwich) and then went back to Zeta Pass to go to South and Middle Carter.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3350 ft / 1021 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3350 ft / 1021 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:19-Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail
    Trailhead:NH 16  1482 ft / 451 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Carter Dome Trail
    Trailhead:Zeta Pass  
Ascent Part of Trip: Carters loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Carter Dome2013-08-16
2South Carter Mountain2013-08-16
3Middle Carter Mountain2013-08-16

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