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    David Paterson reviewed Carter-Moriah to Stony Brook Trail

    3 months ago

    Hiked Cater-Moriah to Moriah summit, then descended to Stony Brook trail. Advantage of this direction is reaching the summit faster and saving the gorgeous swimming spots along Stony Brook until near the end. The trailhead to trailhead distance is about 9.5 miles, but you can close the loop by walking north along the shoulder of Rte 16 to the Gorham town beach and then down Mill Street to the suspension bridge which brings you back to the Bangor Street trailhead, adding about 1.7 miles to the walk. I parked under the power lines opposite the bridge without a problem. The upper parts of Moriah are quite steep and can be slippery if wet or icy, but the lower couple of miles at each end are an easy and very pleasant walk in the woods. Views along the first mile descent toward the Stony Brook trail are nearly constant and absolutely spectacular! A couple of things to consider if hiking with your dog are absence of water along Carter - Moriah trail (plenty on Stony Brook), and a very steep ravine of about forty feet just after leaving the Moriah Summit. My lab managed it with a mad dash/controlled fall, but smaller dogs might need to be carried.