|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Carter, Mt. Moriah, NH|
||Stony Brook Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 11, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Stony Brook Trail has a good-sized parking lot. Seven other cars when I arrived at 7:15 AM Saturday, nine others when I left at 4:30 PM Sunday. Still plenty of room both times. Maybe it was busier during the day? |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The first (unbridged) crossing of Stony Brook is a fairly straightforward rock hop, even after rain Saturday night. No others worth mentioning. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Stony Brook Trail is in good condition. Could use a few more blazes, especially in the early section which has open woods and misleading herd paths. There is at least one confusing spot early on that looks like a crossing of Stony Brook, but isn't.
Carter-Moriah Trail is in good condition. There is a blowdown on the way up to North Carter that is an awkward crawl-under. |
|Lost and Found:
||I stayed overnight at Imp Campsite Saturday night. All tent platforms were occupied, but some with just one tent. Still room for more.|
There were patches of ice on the Carter-Moriah Trail. Not enough to be a problem, but it's time to start carrying those microspikes.
Climbing North Carter on the Carter-Moriah Trail, approaching from the north, has some tricky rock scrambles. Sometimes there are helpful roots and branches to grab, but not always. Take your time and plan your moves. Climbing Mt. Moriah on the Carter-Moriah Trail, approaching from the south, has quite a bit of rock scrambling, mostly of the easy-to-moderate variety. Then, just before the summit, there is kind of a "chimney" to contend with. It looks intimidating, but actually has pretty good handholds and footholds. Climbing Mt. Moriah on this trail is one of my favorite hikes. In and out of the trees, great views from many open ledges. Then the summit has panoramic views, including probably the best view of Washington and the Northern Presidentials from anywhere.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.