4,049 ft / 1,234 m


922 ft / 281 m


156 summits

Top climbing months

August   17%

June   12%

July   11%

Most climbed route

Carter-Moriah Trail


  • The Carter-Moriah Trail goes over Mount Surprise. It is relatively easy except if wet because it is comprised of much bare rock.
  • Moriah is the northernmost peak in New Hampshire on the Appalachian Trail and the second northernmost 4000 footer in the state.
  • The views from the summit are outstanding and it is said that on a clear day you can see the Atlantic.
"Put 1 Bangor Rd. in the GPS but no sign of trail head. Drove down rte. 2 until I saw a bunch of through-hikers. Asked one for directions to the Moriah Trail, offered her a ride. Dropped her off but discovered it was the wrong trail. Headed back to Bangor Rd. and saw two through-hikers hitching. Picked them up and dropped them off at a hotel, then found the correct trail. Met lots of nice people hiking. Worried about the time (started at 1300) so raced down from the peak. Got to my car at 1940." - NHClimber, Jul 21, 2018
"Headed out with Curran to snag this peak for March. Well packed, recent trail work done as well. A gorgeous day with blue bird skies...just a bit cold with some wind....warmer than the projected -35 with wind...I would say it was right around 0 to -10. " - shay-shay, Mar 19, 2018
"Went up Moriah today. Out and back up Carter Moriah Tr. Saw a couple of ladies rocking some cool NY patches. They were from NY and NJ working on there NE111. Took a pic of one their packs. Great views today." - newenglandwarrior, Oct 28, 2017
"Learned that the trail was broken out yesterday, so I decided to hike this mountain. Had a few drifts that I had to push through, but the hike overall wasn't bad. Drove up to Carabassett Valley, ME that night. " - newenglandwarrior, Feb 17, 2017
"NoBo AT Thru Hike 2016. I (Tom) met Kim a couple miles south on the trail from the summit of Mount Moriah. We hiked together with the remaining daylight and had to stop shortly before the Rattle River Shelter in order to put on our headlamps. At the shelter we ran into two of Kim's trail friends (Stardust and Flannel) as well as Jeff Davis, who I had helped resupply in Gotham. He didn't have his headlamp and we had to escort him down the trail the remaining 1.5 miles so he could get to where he had set up his camp for the night in a stealth location. Long, but fun and rewarding day. " - Kim-Stilson, Sep 2, 2016



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