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A challenging winter hike! Thankful for microspikes! The ~4 miles from the trailhead to Carter Notch Hut took less than 2 hours, we were moving!! Stopping to snack at a hut in winter is a real treat. The STEEP 1.2 miles up to the summit of Carter Dome were a real workout and required some of the most technical movement I've ever done to date. We descended the same route. We heard that Carter Dome Trail to Mt. Hight/Zeta Pass was icier than Carter Moriah. Anyways we were glad to take a little rest at the hut before starting towards the car via 19 Mile Brook. That ~4 miles took 1:40. Total trip time came to just under 8 hours, 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Thankful for just enough light!

Hiked November 4 2017
Easy 3.8 or so to Carter Notch hut on the 19 mile brook trail.

Then a very difficult 1 mile up, up, up to Carter Dome on the Carter Dome trail with a lot of scrambles. 1700' of elevation gain in 1 mile, with great views back towards the hut and the Wildcats.

Then an easy over to Mount Height. Rewarding views of the presidential range, buy was getting late so I didn't stop for long.

Then the mess begins. The .7 mile hike down from Mount Hight had several blowdowns which required going around, under, over down on the Zeta Pass back to the Carter Dome trail.

Then the 1.8 on the Carter Dome trail was worse with blowdowns and chunks of missing trail.
I'd guess they added an hour and surely sapped my energy on this 2.5 mile descent back to 19 mile.

I was happy to reach the 19 mile trail intersection and an easy 1.9 miles out. Arrived at dusk tired and grateful, any longer and I'd have put on my headlamp.

10:30 departure
6:10 return
7 hrs 40 minutes (probably 6.5 hours moving time)
9.5 miles plus some bushwhacking around blowdowns.
45 minutes at hut

one of my favorite hikes in the White's. Mt Hight offers tremendous views and doesn't get too much play.

Hiked from Carter Notch Hut, up Carter Dome, to Mount Hight then down the Carter Dome Trail to the 19 Mile Brook Trail (via Zeta Pass). This was an unbelievable trip! We left the hut after breakfast at about 8:30 AM. The hike up Carter Dome is demanding - about 1,600 vertical over a little more than a mile's distance.

The ascent up Carter Dome offered a couple views of Washington and down over Carter Notch and the huts but the summit is surrounded by trees and there are no views.

We hiked on to Mount Hight where there's unbelievable 360* views that were breathtaking. Washington and Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines were vivid. The view back toward Carter Dome is awesome thinking we were just on that spine.

Going down was steep in spots over the first mile or so and it's a long walk out (for us mere weekenders) humping through about 12 miles and 4,500 vertical ascent over the weekend. No complaints -- it was a fantastic experience.