Middle and South Carter

Climbed Middle and South Carter on 8/5/15. These were peaks number 564 and 565 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather forecast was for thunderstorms in the afternoon, so I got an early start and was back to the parking lot by 1:30. I parked at 19 Mile Brook Trail and then roadwalked to Camp Dodge then the Imp Trail and North Carter Trail to the Carter-Moriah Trail. There are a couple of sections of bog bridges on the Carter-Moriah Trail between the North Carter Trail and the summit of Middle Carter.

Bog bridge on Carter-Moriah trail
Bog bridge on Carter-Moriah trail

There are also a couple of places with good views along the trail.

Madison and Adams with clouds on the summits
Madison and Adams with clouds on the summits
The summit of Middle Carter
The summit of Middle Carter

After leaving the summit of Middle Carter there are several places with views.

Looking into Maine
Looking into Maine

There were quite a few mushrooms around.

Mushroom on Carter-Moriah trail
Mushroom on Carter-Moriah trail
Looking back toward Shelburne Moriah
Looking back toward Shelburne Moriah
Looking ahead to Carter Dome with a little cloud top
Looking ahead to Carter Dome with a little cloud top

When I reached South Carter I ate my PBJ even though it was only 10:30. I met a guy who was out for a week of backpacking. I asked him where he was going to spend the night and he replied “Crawford Notch”. I couldn’t figure out how he was going to get that far in the hours of daylight that were left. There were some flowers in blossom including some golden rod.

Golden rod
Golden rod

After I reached Zeta Pass I headed down the Carter Dome Trail where there are a couple of stream crossings with nice waterfalls.

Water fall on Carter Dome Trail
Water fall on Carter Dome Trail

Finally reached 19 Mile Brook Trail and started back to the parking lot. Discovered they have started construction on replacing the bridge that was washed away in Irene and have also started the relocation of the trail at the trailhead.

Bridge construction on 19 Mile Brook Trail
Bridge construction on 19 Mile Brook Trail

Only 11 more peaks to finish “The Grid over 60”.

 

 

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