Carter Range Loop

MODERATE 8 reviews

Carter Range Loop is a 14 mile loop trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.0 miles
4,698 feet

dog friendly


nature trips



Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, & Mount Hight in a day loop hike. The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail will take you to the source of the brook passing several fun water holes on the way. Two miles up the trail it will split with you heading to climbers left up to Zeta Pass were you can access the Carter-Moriah Trail to reach both South and Middle Carter before returning to the pass and then up Mount Hight to Carter Dome.

8 days ago

These were 18, 19 & 20 for our NH 4000 footers. We went up 19 Mile Brook Trail to Carter Dome trail. Book time for those 4 miles is close to 3.5 hours but we did it in 2 hours. The trail was 19 Mile Brook Trail was fairly easy, and Carter Dome trail was a little harder but not much- it was mild incline the whole way. From here we took Carter Moriah over to South and Middle Carter. This 2.1 mile leg (one way) took about 90 minutes there and about the same back. Some up and down but nothing too difficult. When we got back to Zeta pass we decided to go for Carter Dome. We skipped Mt Hight to save a little time and distance but missed what we heard were great views. The trail up to Carter Dome was a mild incline and took about 40 minutes (1.2 miles) up and 50 minutes down. We back tracked down the Carter Dome Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail in another 2 hours and 20 minutes. The hike was long- 10 hours including an hour of break time and 15 miles- but the trails themselves were easy-moderate the whole way.

1 month ago

Found all trails on this hike to be in great condition. Gradually gaining elevation on 19 Mile Brook Trail was great and the drive up Carter Dome looked hard from the hut but I didn’t find it difficult at all. Is was a dit steep but the trail was good. Limited views from the wooded Carter peaks but the view from Mt. Hight is 360 and phenomenal. Headed down from Middle Carter to Imp Face. Wonderful view and the drop off made it more dramatic. Probably about a 20 minute walk on 16 from the trailhead below Imp Face and the trailhead at 19 Mile. 15 miles total but I didn’t actually find it to be a grueling hike.

1 month ago

A great trek and a total of +4,000' gained too! I parked at the 19-Mile trailhead and headed up Carter Dome Trail to South Carter first. I got a late start and thought being near the Hut towards the end of the day was wise. Nice views over to Hight and Carter Dome! Continued up Hight and got socked in with clouds after seeing some nice views. This is a wonderful exposed area. Continued over to CD and peaked out at the vista spot, nice views there. Then drained down the Carter-Moriah Trail which everyone says to go UP, not DOWN. I found it to be a very well engineered trail, going down was not that big a deal. Certainly a different situation with ice is suppose. Raced the sun back to my car, just beat it. This is a great trek!!!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great trail , steady climb but not bad at all
Went up to Wildcat A then down to the Carter Hut and back to 19 Mile Brook Trail. A little over 5 hrs 11+ miles

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I think this trail is the fastest way from the road to Carter Notch hut (a 4-mile 1-way trip), Carter Dome and Wildcat Mountain's main peak (north of the ski resort peaks). From the road it is a pleasant but steady uphill hike. It is almost entirely wooded, so there aren't many expansive views - although there are 2 beautiful little lakes at the end of the trail just a few yards beyond you can scramble onto the "Ramparts" boulder field below Carter Dome which our kids LOVED and from which there are some nice views of the mountains and valleys beyond.

11 months ago

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017