Moriah and Carter Mountains Traverse is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Gorham, NH: Travel US 2 east about .5 mile and make a right onto Bangor Road. Travel another .5 mile to the dead-end.
Did this hike as a two-day backpacking trip over Labor Day weekend. Hiked up Stony Brook, dropped off our stuff at Imp Shelter, and hiked up Moriah on day one. the trail junction for Stony Brook to Moriah was way longer than I thought it would be-- definitely felt like more that 1.3 miles! Watched an awesome sunset from a viewpoint not 10 minutes from the shelter.
Day two began with a very steep ascent of North Carter, but once that was over, it was not bad over Middle, South, and Dome. Took the Hight detour-- 100% WORTH IT. If you don't take this short detour, you're missing out on the best view in the entire range. The last half-mile from Carter Dome to Carter Notch Hut was awful, but quick. Then a nice easy descent via Nineteen Mile Brook!