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.
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.
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.
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 .