HIKING CARTER DOME

View from Carter Dome. Photo by Fred Shirley
Fred Shirley

CARTER DOME | 4,832' | Strenuous

Carter Dome (4,832'), in the Carter-Moriah Range, offers dramatic, close-up views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range from its northeastern shoulder, Mount Hight.

Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide or try our White Mountain Guide Online.

Suggested Routes

Strenuous: Hikers find a strenuous, yet rewarding route by taking the Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail to the Carter Dome Trail, which connects to the Carter-Moriah Trail via Zeta Pass. Carter Dome's summit is located 1.4 miles south of Zeta Pass on the Carter-Moriah Trail. The Rampart, a boulder field, and the Carter Lakes are located nearby for exploration.

Trip Planning

The AMC's Carter Notch Hut is located at 3,288 ft. at the junction of the Carter-Moriah and Nineteen-Mile Brook Trails (1.2 miles from Carter Dome). The hut is open for full-service from early June to mid-September, offering meals and overnight accommodations, and is open for self-service during the rest of the year.

The AMC's Hiker Shuttle stops at the 19 Mile Brook Trailhead, giving hikers access to The Highland Center and the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.

Safety in Summer and early Fall

The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.

Winter Hiking on Carter Dome

Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Carter Dome are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .

Additional Resources

White Mountain Guide Online

AMC's online edition of the White Mountain Guide combines our expert descriptions of over 500 White Mountain trails and detailed maps in an online format that is easy to use and continually updated as conditions change, all for one low annual subscription fee.

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