Mount Moriah

Hiked Mount Moriah on July 20, 2014. Peak 480 for “The Grid over 60”. Dragged Mike Lynch along on this peakbagging and redlining extravaganza. We started on the Wild River trail at the Wild River campground. Crossed the Wild River on the bridge which connected to the High Water trail and eventually to the Moriah Brook trail which took us to the Carter-Moriah trail.

Start of Moriah Brook trail
Start of Moriah Brook trail

The trail follows alongside Moriah Brook crossing it many times with many interesting waterfalls along the way.

Waterfall on Moriah Brook
Waterfall on Moriah Brook

The trail is quite easy to follow although it becomes more overgrown and muddy the closer you get to the junction with the Carter-Moriah trail. The ledges on the Carter-Moraih trail were a little damp from a rain shower we had but were not slippery. There was a lot of what I believe is Sheep Laurel in blossom on the ledges.

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Continuing on to the summit we had views that were partially obscured by clouds.

View from the summit of Mount Moriah
View from the summit of Mount Moriah

We continued along the Kenduskeag trail to the junction with the Shelburne trail. The trail was in good shape to the junction with the Rattle River trail. After that junction there were mud pits and sections that were overgrown to the point I couldn’t see where I was putting my feet. There were excellent views from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah.

View from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah
View from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah

The Shelburne trail was overgrown in places but in general it was in good shape. At the end of the Shelburne trail there is no bridge across the Wild River so we just walked across and had a squishy half mile road walk back to the car. Only 96 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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