Mount Moriah Via Carter Moriah Trail

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Mount Moriah Via Carter Moriah Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting 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
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3326 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

Nice views of Mount Washington and the Whites. Climb the Carter-Moriah Trail. 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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1 month ago

Slippery after rain on the way down. Slid a good 10 feet. More aggressive on the way up versus the easy/moderate grade I was told prior.

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2 months ago

Nice solid hike. Lots of flat rock surfaces would be very challenging if wet I'd assume. Lots of great views along the way and a 360 off the tiny peak of Moriah. A good day all around except my knees. The decent put some strain on them but that is part of hiking The Whites in your 40s :)

2 months ago

Extremely well marked. Lots of blazes. Nice and steep - a good challenge for a short hike. Great views from Mount Surprise.

5 months ago

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Lots of vertical rock face, which is fine in dry weather. Beware on wet days.

The view features 360 panorama; beautiful.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Monday, September 23, 2013

This was a great late summer hike. The weather was perfect although a bit windy. What else do you expect on Moriah? It was an easy climb up to Mt. Surprise and the view from the lookout ledge to the northern presidentials was very good. After Surprise the climb up to Moriah seemed to take forever! There was a lot of rock scrambling and there was a lot of muddy spots due to the recent rains. Every time we thought that we were nearing the top another uphill section appeared. Finally, after about 3 hours, we got to the summit. The view in all directions was fantastic and well worth the climb. We had lunch in a clearing out of the wind. We headed back to Gorham by going south on the Carter-Moriah ridge trail and down Stoney Brook trail. It was about a 11.5 mile loop.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012