Mount Moriah Via Carter Moriah Trail

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Mount Moriah Via Carter Moriah Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked 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, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,238 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

views

rocky

Nice views of Mount Washington and the Whites. 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Good workout. Near the top it was very wet and rocky and muddy and steep but as long as you have good traction shoes it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Small area at the top but nice 360 views.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, great views of presidential range along the way and 360 views at top. A pretty constant incline and some scrambles once you pass Surprise but all manageable. Would recommend footwear with good tread for safety, even if it’s not wet. I’d rate this as easy to moderate, but may be difficult for someone who isn’t in the best shape, however still doable.

2 months ago

Great trail, opening up for some nice views from Surprise peak. Moriah itself offers a stunning 360 degree view of the Whites and Wilderness to the East.

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What a crazy hike! Very steep and made interesting with the steep rock slabs which fortunately were dry. The whole trail was dry, no creek etc. There were a few mud spots towards the top but no issues crossing. The summit peak is small and did start to get over crowded as everyone wanted to eat their lunch. But I got my pictures and snacks in before heading back. There is a random car at the beginning of the trail. Another really hot and humid day with minimal to zero breeze.

Parking disclaimer - We were the 1st ones that pulled up to the trail head which is in a neighborhood. Sign clearly states no parking but no other sign to say "park here" so we ended up parking on Mill street and crossed the suspension bridge. When we left we saw a bunch of people had chosen to park in grass area near a few houses and then along the road near the suspension bridge. It would have been nice to see a sign "hikers park here" etc. I was nervous to get towed by angry homeowner so I went with the parking lot near the soccer park.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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 :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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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