MOUNT MORIAH | 4,049′ | MODERATE
A part of the Carter-Moriah Range, Mount Moriah (4,049 ft.), boasts a ledgy summit with views of the surrounding area.
Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide.
Strenuous: Fine views are to be had en route and at the summit by approaching Moriah via the Stony Brook Trail; from there, turn northeast onto the Carter-Moriah Trail to access the summit, 1.4 miles away.
The AMC’s Imp Campsite is located 2.1 miles southeast of Moriah’s summit on the Imp Shelter spur trail, just off the Carter-Moriah trail.
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 Mt. Moriah
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 Mount Moriah 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 .