Carter Dome

Hiked Carter Dome on 8/26/2015. This was peak 569 for “The Grid over 60”. Bill Cronin joined me for this hike. Carter Dome is a pretty easy hike if you use any of the standard routes but since this was a redlining extravaganza it turned into a 22.5 mile 12 hour hike. We started from the Wild River Campground on the Highwater trail to the Black Angel trail to the Carter Moriah trail over the summit of Carter Dome and down to the Carter Notch hut. Then the Wildcat River trail to the Wild River trail back to the campground. The weather was cloudy and very humid with one heavy shower. We started off the day in the fog.

Wild River in the morning fog
Wild River in the morning fog
Bill at the far end of the bridge
Bill at the far end of the bridge

If you are not comfortable with stream crossings this is not the hike for you. There were multiple crossings that tested your ability to keep your feet dry, the last one crossing the Wild River was especially difficult made more so because we apparently crossed in the wrong place.

Bill at the former site of Spider Bridge
Bill at the former site of Spider Bridge

We made our way up the Black Angel trail which except for the last 1/3 of mile was pretty easy. The last bit was the usual wet rocks and roots which were slow going. We made it to the top of Carter Dome where we enjoyed the first PBJ of the day in a light drizzle.

Summit of Carter Dome
Summit of Carter Dome

Met an AT thruhiker coming up Carter Dome as we made our way down to the Carter Notch hut. He was headed toward Route 2 which was quite a few miles to go. Carter Notch has 2 ponds which are the drinking water supply for the hut but you can also swim in them although I don’t think the water ever gets very warm.

Carter Notch pond
Carter Notch pond
Second Carter Notch pond
Second Carter Notch pond
Entrance to Carter Notch hut
Entrance to Carter Notch hut

After refilling water bottles at the hut it was all downhill back to the campground with multiple stream crossings and lots of sections of trail with boot sucking mud. Fortunately no bugs to add to the fun. Passed the end of the East Branch trail which I still need to hike but didn’t feel like doing the 8 miles today. Had the second PBJ of the day here.

East Branch sign
East Branch sign

We were almost back to the trailhead when we finally got a view back up the Wild River valley.

View up the Wild River valley
View up the Wild River valley

Got back to the car 12 hours after starting, it was a long day. Only seven more peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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