Ascent of Carter Dome on 2020-08-15

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Carter Dome
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4832 ft / 1472 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Dan. Carter Dome is our 23rd peak of the New Hampshire 48. We ascended the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, and stayed right on it at the junction with the Carter Dome Trail. I read that going counter-clockwise was better because of the steep section coming out of Carter Notch.

Lovely trail up to Carter Notch. Made the short side trip over to Carter Notch Hut. Used the restroom there and bought a CRTR pin from the Croo. The hut it closed to the public, but the Croo are there selling snacks, goods, and keeping the place maintained. Thanks Croo!

The weather stared off clear and we could see the summits of the surrounding peaks. Dan missed the side trail to the view going up the Carter-Moriah Trail, but I called him back to it. Good thing! The view was incredible! And unfortunately it was the only view we got all day. Soon after, low clouds overtook the summits of Carter Dome and Mount Hight. We got zero breaks in the clouds and really missed out on the spectacular views. Oh well, all the more reason to come back and hike it again in the winter.

Saw the remnants of the fire tower on Carter Dome. Sadness. The summit was a very busy place. Apparently the cairns also double as places to sit and eat as well as spread your gear A L L O V E R T H E P L A C E. WTF.

Started: 8:49AM
Junction with Carter Dome Trail: 2.2 miles at 9:49AM
Carter Notch Hut: 4.2 miles at 11:10AM
View side trail: 4.9 miles at 11:58AM
Carter Dome summit: 5.7 miles at 12:48PM
Left the summit: 5.8 miles at 1:02PM
Junction with Black Angel Trail: 1:14PM
Junction with trail to Mount Hight: 1:15PM
Summit of Mount Hight: 6.6 miles at 1:34PM
Junction of Carter-Moriah Trail and Carter Dome Trail: 7.1 miles at 2:06PM
Junction of Carter Dome Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail: 9.3 miles at 3:27PM
Car: 11.6 miles at 4:37PM
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3360 ft / 1024 m
    Total Elevation Loss:270 ft / 82 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3360 ft / 1024 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to Carter-Moriah Trail
    Start Trailhead:Nineteen Mile Brook   1472 ft / 448 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:270 ft / 82 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Carter-Moriah Trail
    End Trailhead:4562 ft / 1390 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Carter Dome & Mount Hight

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Carter Dome2020-08-153360 ft / 1024 m
2Mount Hight2020-08-15113 ft / 34 m
Total Trip Gain: 3473 ft / 1058 m    Total Trip Loss: 3479 ft / 1060 m

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