Mt. Moriah, part of the Carter-Moriah Range, beckoned on Saturday as I casually chase the 48 New Hampshire 4,000-footers. The Carter-Moriah Trail teases with a few spectacular views west and north along the way, but it’s not until the end that you get the big reveal, after hoofing up Mt. Surprise and a succession of steep ledges, then hiking a ways through the trees near the ridge. And then you pop out onto the barely-there summit exposure, whack-a-mole style as I’m calling it, and get your wow factor with 360-degree views that include the iconic Presidentials.
The Carter-Moriah Trail to the summit turned out to be quiet on a calm, sunny June Saturday, with relatively few people and a couple of friendly hiking dogs (shout-out to the boundlessly energetic Jackson!). Right now you can look for numerous blooming plants for trail eye candy, among them Painted trillium and Bunchberry.
Starting out from AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge, where I spent the night, I headed to the Carter-Moriah trailhead about 12 miles away in Gorham. It’s tucked down a residential street overlooking the Peabody River.
Trip stats.: 9 miles round-trip; 3,200 feet of elevation change.
WDYT? How does Moriah stack up against the other 48?
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