I'm at the point in my pursuit to climb all of the White Mountain 4,000-Footers that I have several "odds and ends" to tie up and a few of the bigger single day ascents like Owl's Head and Isolation. I didn't bag Moriah when I did the Carter Ridge and Wildcat so today would be a great day for it! After all, the trail would be clear and quiet and I've heard the views are fantastic.
The trail meanders along a ridgeline that eventually leads to Mt Moriah. What made this trail special was that there were multiple lookouts on the way up. Most hikes I've done in New Hampshire stay in the dense boreal forests and with only fleeting views. I was delighted to see that there was plenty to take my mind off the steep hike.
At about halfway up, I stopped for lunch and noticed something very unique; there was complete and utter silence on the trail. There was no wind, no birds, no bugs, no other hikers and no noise. Usually hiking here is such a social affair; today there was nobody! I enjoyed the quietude.
|Its quite icy this time of year
|Summit views from the top of Mt Moriah
When the real summit finally came in to view, it was certainly worth the trip. There was a full panorama of views! The best was probably the view into the Dry River Wilderness and Valley, just to the East. You could also see most of the Carter Ridge and well into the Presidentials and Northern White Mountains. Way off in the distance I spied a pyramid-like mountain that was barely visible. It could have been Sugarloaf in Maine, almost 60 miles away! Regardless, it was a million-dollar view.
|The Presidential Range from Carter-Moriah Trail
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