Moriah and Carter Mountains Traverse

HARD 6 reviews

Moriah and Carter Mountains Traverse is a 16.3 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.3 miles
5,954 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




nature trips



wild flowers




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.

1 month ago

Did this hike over a two-day period, staying at the IMP shelter site in between. Ditched my pack day two at the intersection of the Carter Moriah and Carter Dome Trails to scale Mt. Height-worth the steep climb as it offered a gorgeous 360 degree view from the summit. Trek out was all down hill, including 19 Mile Brook Trail, which offered a lovely sound for several miles-then had a huge pool of fresh cool water about a half mile from the trailhead... Yes, I stripped down and swam in that glorious mountain pool!

1 month ago

Ascended from Carter Notch Hut and descended by N Carter Trail and Imp Trail. Ridge line was the best! Hight Mt so worth the minor detour! N Carter Trail was VERY narrow. Imp was hard on knees even with trekking poles.

Friday, September 30, 2016

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!

10 months ago

Sunday, September 11, 2016