Monica and I have hiked 16 of the 48 White Mountains that are over 4000 feet. We are gradually tackling mountains and checking them off our list. Since we live in Quebec and have to drive 2 hours each way to get there, it is slow going but we are making progress, especially when we did 4 mountains in one day this summer.
On Saturday October 1st 2016, Monica, her daughter Ashley and I headed to New Hampshire to hike Mount Moriah.
I picked them up at 7:30am. We got to the trail head just before 10am. There is not much parking space near the trail head but we found a little spot and headed up the mountain on the Carter Moriah Trail.
It was the perfect temperature for hiking. The forecast said rain showers but we got lucky and it didn’t rain at all that day. The trail started off steep for a few minutes and then leveled out. It was a nice wandering walk through the woods. There were many cool things to see along the way.
We came across a mangled old truck on the side of the trail. Monica’s 10-year-old daughter, Ashley, was quite intrigued. Does anyone know the story behind the old truck?
Ashley also loved how sparkly the rocks were. There were slivers of shiny silver pieces of rock all along the trail. It made it extra fun for her to search for the prettiest ones.
We were surprised by the large slabs of rocks on the trail. We picked our way up the side of the trail near the trees often to avoid the steep flat rocks. The rocks were perfectly dry so we could go straight up and over as well.
We were very happy it didn’t rain because those rocks looked like they would be very sketchy to descend when wet.
Less than half way to Mount Moriah, you come to the top of Mount Surprise. It is not a 4000 footer but has nice views.
The foliage change was in the early stages. We could see the red, oranges and yellows with our eyes but it didn’t show up in pictures very well. The cloudy sky dulled the colours a bit but it was very beautiful up there.
This tree was right beside the trail. The leaves were so gorgeous.
We made it to the summit around 1pm. It was very windy and cold at the summit. There are great 360 degree views on Mount Moriah so I stayed up there as long as I could to take in as much as possible.
We had planned to eat lunch on the summit but it was much too cold and windy so we went back down inside the trees for our lunch break. There is a great little spot with grey jays to keep us company and steal food.
After lunch we headed back down the mountain. It was a pretty quick descent. We stopped on Mount Surprise for a break. The mountains were getting covered in clouds and mist. Much different than the morning.
While Monica and Ashley had a snack, I had a little cat nap. There is nothing better than napping on a mountain.
We made it back down to the car by 5pm. The season is definitely changing as the light was already dimming inside the woods. Mount Moriah was a nice easy hike. I wouldn’t advise doing it in the rain because those flat slab rocks would be pretty slippery. It is a great hike to do with kids because there is a lot of see along the way and has fantastic views.
Mountain #17 in the books!
Mount Moriah (4049 feet)
#17 of 48 NH 4000 Footers.
9 miles (14.5 km)
Book Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Our Time: 7 hours