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Mount Moriah

Easily accessed directly from Gorham, this challenging but scenic hike offers excellent views along the ascent and at the summit.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
Length
9.00 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Strenuous
Towns
Gorham (NH), Shelburne (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The entire Carter-Moriah Trail runs 13.8 miles from Gorham to Carter Notch. This route utilizes the first 4.5 miles of the Carter-Moriah trail to ascend Mount Moriah.

The blue-blazed trail begins on a logging road, ascending a steep bank but then soon moderating as it travels through second-growth woods. Upon entering the White Mountain National Forest after about a mile the trail passes through open hardwoods to a shoulder of spruces and a ledge affording decent views.

The trail passes just to the west of the Mount Surprise summit, descends shortly then begins a steep ascent, climbing over ledges with some restricted views. After reaching a more open ledge (at 2.5 miles) the trail reenters the woods, climbing steeply as it winds its way near the top of the ridge.

The trail passes the large boulder "Quimby's Pillow" and traverses some ups and downs through the woods before beginning the final 0.3-mile steep climb to the summit. At 4.5 miles a spur path to the west leads to the small rock summit of Mount Moriah (elevation 4,049 feet), with excellent views, particularly to the south and east.

Other Information

Before you hike, know the hiker responsibility code and be prepared:

  • With knowledge and gear
  • To leave your plans
  • To stay together
  • To turn back
  • For emergencies
  • To share the hiker code with others.

Visit the hikeSafe website to learn more!

Trail Manager

The Mount Moriah trails are managed by the White Mountains National Forest and maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club. For more information about the trails, please contact:

Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Mountain Club
P.O. Box 298
361 Route 16
Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: 603-466-2721
AMCinformation@outdoors.org
View website

White Mountain National Forest: Androscoggin Ranger District

White Mountain National Forest: Androscoggin Ranger District
300 Glen Road
Gorham, NH 03581-1399
Phone: (603) 466-2713 x 0
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

Follow US-2 east for 1.9 miles from the upper village of Gorham. Turn right onto Bangor Street and proceed 0.5 miles to the turnaround at the end of the street. There is limited space for cars to park on the east side of the turnaround, opposite the houses and away from the posted grassy area. Additional parking with space for more cars is located 0.1 mile before the end of Bangor Street, at the powerline clearing on the east side of the street. 

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