Mount Moriah Via Carter Moriah Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Gorham, NH that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Nice views of Mount Washington and the Whites. Climb the Carter-Moriah Trail. Terrain starts easy on the first mile of the trail, but quickly becomes moderately to strenuously steep. When you have hiked almost 2 miles, you will pass through Mount Surprise. You may want to spend some time on it, as it has great views of the Presidential Range. Think of it as a preview of what you will see when you reach Mount. Moriah. Continue up the trail, passing some blueberry bushes (snacks in summer). 2 more miles of rocky terrain will bring you to an intersection with a sign for Mt. Moriah. A few feet more and you will have conquered another North Hampshire 4K peak, and enjoy beautiful views of the Presidential Range, and looking to the other side, all the way up to Maine and Canada.
Lots of vertical rock face, which is fine in dry weather. Beware on wet days.
The view features 360 panorama; beautiful.
This was a great late summer hike. The weather was perfect although a bit windy. What else do you expect on Moriah? It was an easy climb up to Mt. Surprise and the view from the lookout ledge to the northern presidentials was very good. After Surprise the climb up to Moriah seemed to take forever! There was a lot of rock scrambling and there was a lot of muddy spots due to the recent rains. Every time we thought that we were nearing the top another uphill section appeared. Finally, after about 3 hours, we got to the summit. The view in all directions was fantastic and well worth the climb. We had lunch in a clearing out of the wind. We headed back to Gorham by going south on the Carter-Moriah ridge trail and down Stoney Brook trail. It was about a 11.5 mile loop.