Carter Notch Hut, Dome, and 19 Mile Brook Trail

HARD 13 reviews

Carter Notch Hut, Dome, and 19 Mile Brook Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beans, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,530 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

A fairly heavily trafficked trail leading to what is now the oldest of the Appalachian Mountain Club's hut system. Bunk houses were updated several years ago and Clivas composting toilets added - reducing the hut's ecological footprint. The surrounding ramparts stand in silent testimony to landslides of a bygone era. There are two ponds - one for drinking, one for recreation. Each visit feels like coming back to see an old friend. Highly recommend this high hut adventure.

1 month ago

Mount Hight was an amazing place. 360 View not sure why this isn't part of the 52wav guess she didn't make it in her list when she created it. Will be doing this one again. Went to the hut then climbed up the AT trail to summit then over to Hight. A bit of rain but many people hiking. 6/23

2 months ago

Started up Nineteen mile brook and the. Up to Mt Height, some tricky spots around avalanche debris. Very rewarding 360 views a top Mt Height. 3 hours to summit. Then over to Carter Dome and back down to Nineteen mile brook trail. Steep decent from Carter Dome to Carter Notch. If we were to do it again, I would just go up and back to Mt Height, views are very rewarding. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Did Carter Dome Twice this Winter, The first time in March that was cold and windy coming up over the Dome ,got a touch of frostbite in still getting over, the second time was the end of April and it was cloudy, I took the trail up Mt Hight both times and was glad to climb the switchbacks then descend into the Notch, Climbing up from the Hut in winter world have been grueling , made the 10 mile lollipop loop with a stop on the Ramparts in 6:30 Both times, definitely want to do it in nice weather sometime..

hiking
5 months ago

A challenging winter hike! Thankful for microspikes! The ~4 miles from the trailhead to Carter Notch Hut took less than 2 hours, we were moving!! Stopping to snack at a hut in winter is a real treat. The STEEP 1.2 miles up to the summit of Carter Dome were a real workout and required some of the most technical movement I've ever done to date. We descended the same route. We heard that Carter Dome Trail to Mt. Hight/Zeta Pass was icier than Carter Moriah. Anyways we were glad to take a little rest at the hut before starting towards the car via 19 Mile Brook. That ~4 miles took 1:40. Total trip time came to just under 8 hours, 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Thankful for just enough light!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked November 4 2017
Easy 3.8 or so to Carter Notch hut on the 19 mile brook trail.

Then a very difficult 1 mile up, up, up to Carter Dome on the Carter Dome trail with a lot of scrambles. 1700' of elevation gain in 1 mile, with great views back towards the hut and the Wildcats.

Then an easy over to Mount Height. Rewarding views of the presidential range, buy was getting late so I didn't stop for long.

Then the mess begins. The .7 mile hike down from Mount Hight had several blowdowns which required going around, under, over down on the Zeta Pass back to the Carter Dome trail.

Then the 1.8 on the Carter Dome trail was worse with blowdowns and chunks of missing trail.
I'd guess they added an hour and surely sapped my energy on this 2.5 mile descent back to 19 mile.

I was happy to reach the 19 mile trail intersection and an easy 1.9 miles out. Arrived at dusk tired and grateful, any longer and I'd have put on my headlamp.

10:30 departure
6:10 return
7 hrs 40 minutes (probably 6.5 hours moving time)
9.5 miles plus some bushwhacking around blowdowns.
45 minutes at hut

9 months ago

one of my favorite hikes in the White's. Mt Hight offers tremendous views and doesn't get too much play.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hiked from Carter Notch Hut, up Carter Dome, to Mount Hight then down the Carter Dome Trail to the 19 Mile Brook Trail (via Zeta Pass). This was an unbelievable trip! We left the hut after breakfast at about 8:30 AM. The hike up Carter Dome is demanding - about 1,600 vertical over a little more than a mile's distance.

The ascent up Carter Dome offered a couple views of Washington and down over Carter Notch and the huts but the summit is surrounded by trees and there are no views.

We hiked on to Mount Hight where there's unbelievable 360* views that were breathtaking. Washington and Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines were vivid. The view back toward Carter Dome is awesome thinking we were just on that spine.

Going down was steep in spots over the first mile or so and it's a long walk out (for us mere weekenders) humping through about 12 miles and 4,500 vertical ascent over the weekend. No complaints -- it was a fantastic experience.

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Monday, July 31, 2017