Carter Dome Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Carter Dome Trail is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3408 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

5 days ago

1 month ago

Good challenging hike, not personally one of my favorite 4,000 footers, but great views to be found at the summit.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike but probably tough in one day. We did this loop as a two day hike, staying at Carter Notch Hut during late season when it is self service (and cheap). As a result we had more time and could add Mt Hight as an out-and-back from the summit, which is well worth it. There is a great viewpoint looking over the notch as you approach the summit, but the summit itself is forested. Mt Hight, though lower in elevation, is totally bald.

The high point of this hike is the Rainbow Trail. Upper portions are beautiful alpine forest with some exposed points, but the lower areas near the junction with Wild River Trail descend through a stunning open birch forest.

We took Bog Brook Trail instead of looping back to Wilcat River T. Bog Brook seems to suffer from beaver damage and was hard to follow at one point, but it is a tad shorter than the route proposed here. The bottom parts of Wildcat River Trail involves three river crossings as I recall, which were no problem during a dry autumn, but could present an issue at other times. The hike out of the notch up Carter Dome is quite steep as well.

backpacking
10 months ago

We did the last 2.2 of this after starting on Bog Brook trail on our way to camp at the Carter Notch hut. It was definitely and intense climb, especially on a hot day like we went. It's a rocky, fairly steep continous climb up until you finally reach the AT junction. Nice view once you summit, but be prepared to have trek up for days. Also pack sufficient water as there is nowhere to refill until you reach the ponds or turn around.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

wow what a challenge!!!

hiking
Monday, January 04, 2016

Be ready to burn some calories on this trail. Very steep accent up to Carter Dome.