Mount Moriah via Carter Moriah Trail

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White Mountain National Forest

Mount Moriah via Carter Moriah Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,234 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Nice views of Mount Washington and the White Mountains. Terrain starts easy on the first mile of the trail, but quickly becomes moderately to strenuously steep. When you have hiked almost 2 miles, you will pass through Mount Surprise. You may want to spend some time on it, as it has great views of the Presidential Range. Think of it as a preview of what you will see when you reach Mount Moriah. Continue up the trail, passing some blueberry bushes (snacks in summer). 2 more miles of rocky terrain will bring you to an intersection with a sign for Mt. Moriah. A few feet more and you will have conquered another North Hampshire 4K peak, and enjoy beautiful views of the Presidential Range, and looking to the other side, all the way up to Maine and Canada.

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bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Awesome hike today, no need for spikes just a little spotty snow. Smooth sailing otherwise.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail. Tricky at about 2500 feet and above due to snow. Spikes make it faster, but aren’t mandatory.

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bugs
flooded
icy
snow
8 days ago

Snow about half way up with ice. Bring spikes. Beautiful view on top!

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bugs
icy
muddy
scramble
snow
14 days ago

Great hike! Took way longer than expected due to snow and ice. Don’t forget to wear micro spikes! The trail had some beautiful views along the way.

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icy
snow
15 days ago

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icy
18 days ago

Great trail, went Saturday morning. Steep in some sections but definitely not hard. First mile or so of hike is surrounded by deforestation, which was quite sad to see. Ground is still icy above Mt. Surprise (about 2 miles in), definitely need spikes or traction. Brought snowshoes but didn’t use them. Cloudy misty morning so no view from the summit that day, but caught many beautiful views at lower elevation lookouts. Definitely a fun hike!

hiking
21 days ago

Great day, a few miles in we were breaking trail, 4-6 inches of fresh snow. Make sure you have traction, and gaitors I would still recommend. Mild hike, not too difficult, and great views.

Plenty of fresh snow, we were in 4-6 inches From about 2900 feet and above.

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snow
1 month ago

Great hike. First mile easy and no snow, so no spikes needed. Mile two to four definitely need micro spikes - could even use crampons. Very slippery and icy in spots. Don't do this without some traction. Great hike with some challenging / steep spots. Absolutely beautiful view from the top. Bring some snacks for the Jay birds - they'll eat out of your hand. Took our time and enjoyed every bit of it. 6 hours round trip.

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snow
1 month ago

Still a lot of snow as of 4/9. Easy on the lower mountain where trail was broken. Tough up top where trail was not broken. Couple feet of fresh windblown snow covering everything over 3000 feet.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Great way to be socially distant. A bit icy in spots so bring your spikes. Excellent day.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Great hike! The views are beautiful. The trail was icy at the beginning and in some spots where people have been sliding down the trails. Other than that mostly packed snow. Really windy today.

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icy
snow
2 months ago

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icy
snow
2 months ago

Very icy at the start but microspikes worked well for the rest of the way. Started at 2am, time changed while we were hiking. Made it to the summit just in time for the sunrise at 6:45am.

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