Carter Dome Trail

Bean's Purchase, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain2,448ft
Trailhead Elevation4,554ft
Elevation Min/Max2319/4554ft
Elevation Start/End4554/4554ft

Carter Dome Trail

Carter Dome Trail is a hiking trail in Bean's Purchase, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 4,554 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,448 feet. This trail connects with the following: Carter Moriah Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"Carter Dome is presumably named for Dr. Ezra Carter, who explored the White Mountains in the 1800s looking for medicinal herbs. It is ranked ninth among the 4000-footers of the White Mountains. Mount Hight is named for Dr. Carter’s hiking companion from nearby Jefferson, New Hampshire. The Carter Dome Mount Hight Loop is less crowded and less of a boulder pile than its Presidential neighbors across Route 16, which makes it appealing for dog owners. It is a long hike, but with several rewards, including exceptional mountaintop views and a lovely mountain lake."
"Although well above 4,000 feet, Mount Hight is considered a subpeak of Carter Dome, rather than a 4,000-footer in its own right. Surprisingly, the taller Carter Dome has only limited views from its broad summit, whereas the top of Mount Hight is an open rocky pinnacle offering unobstructed panoramas in all directions. If you are merely interested in views, head up Hight, but if you want a scenic loop that includes a secluded mountain lake and a dramatic rocky perch, hike the entire loop."
Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
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"This hike follows the Nineteen-mile Brook Trail through Carter Notch, but don’t let the name of this trail scare you off. The moderately steep trail climbs only 3.8 miles to the Appalachian Mountain Club Carter Notch Hut, passing cascades, two small mountain lakes, and open views along the way. It’s a popular route, both summer and winter, offering plenty of scenic outlooks as it winds through the picturesque notch, wedged in between the ridges of Wildcat Mountain and Carter Dome. It’s a long day trip, but doable for intermediate hikers. Another option is to reserve a space at the backcountry stone hut, the oldest in the AMC White Mountain hut system."
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Located in close proximity to the imposing Presidential Range, Carter Ridge is one of the finest vantage points from which to gaze onto the rocky summits and deep chasms of its taller western neighbors. This challenging all-day hike combines soothing mountain streams, a rugged boulder-filled notch, and the ridge’s most scenic location. In addition, the loop passes an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hut offering overnight accommodations (by reservation only) and traverses the ninth highest peak in New Hampshire. These trails are accessible year-round, so choose a clear day any time of year to fully appreciate the tremendous beauty."
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Not only does this loop ascend the tenth highest peak in New England, it does so by following two trails that are far less traveled than others reaching the same destination. Throw in some quiet mountain streams, an unnamed bald summit south of Carter Dome, and breathtaking views above the cliffs of Carter Notch to complete a rewarding day-long adventure in the White Mountains. For fewer bugs, easier river crossings, and optimum daylight, choose this hike midsummer through early fall."

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Bean's Purchase
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USGS: Carter Dome, NH
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