|Clear winter morning at Carter Notch Hut.
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Adventure: Carter Notch Hut overnight
Getting There: We took the 19 Mile Brook Trail out-and-back to access the Carter Notch Hut.
|19 Mile Brook Trailhead
Trail: We took the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail 1.9 miles to the Carter Dome Trail/Nineteen Mile Brook Trail junction. This section is a mild ascent through boreal/evergreen forest. The snowy and flowing Nineteen Mile Brook parallels the trail and at times, the two cross. In winter, these crossings were easy. From the junction, we continued on Nineteen Mile Brook Trail for 1.7 miles. The trail continued with a moderate ascent. A thick layer of packed snow made it easy on our knees. Impressively, there was little ice, and although we had
|Packed snow on 19 Mile Brook Trail
The next morning, we returned the same way.
Difficulty: Due to perfect snow pack conditions, our trail was an easy to moderate climb. However, bitterly cold weather and unpredictable winter conditions make this an adventure that should only be attempted by hikers with winter hiking experience and proper safety gear.
Distance: 7.2 miles round trip. It took us 2.5 hours to make it up to the hut and about an hour back.
Carter Notch Hut: Carter Notch Hut is a hundred-year-old mountain hut located in the valley
|Carter Notch Hut
On this 20 degree hiking day, Kelly and I greatly appreciated the access to hot water for drinks, a warm dinner and snuggle by the fire before dipping into our freezing bunkroom. The crew member, Liz, was knowledgeable, welcoming, and helpful. To pass the evening, Kelly and I took photos, explored the area, played cards, and chatted with Liz. We made a hot dinner and sipped a cup of wine before heading to bed. We had a memorable and peaceful experience at this iconic hut.
|Inside of Carter Notch Hut
Gear - This overnight trek is not for those who fear the cold. We chose a very cold (but beautiful)
|Crossing frozen pond in Carter Notch
It is VERY important you bring a sleeping bag that can handle the cold temperatures. Kelly used a -30 degrees bag that kept her toasty in the frigid temps. I brought a 20 degree bag along with a bivy - unfortunately - THIS WAS NOT WARM ENOUGH! I was very uncomfortable and ended up cuddling up with my sister and sharing the roomy -30 bag.
Reservations - We made our reservations weeks ahead online at outdoors.org, but since we went mid-week, it turned out that we were the only guests that night at the hut.
This was a wonderful way to experience winter hiking in the Northeast! It was fun showing my sister the beauty of our winters. The morning we woke up at the hut was clear and blue skies. We marveled at the shear cliffs of Wildcat Mountain and Carter Dome that loomed above us and the twinkling white of the snow filled notch. I can't wait for the next adventure with my wonderful sister!
For another winter overnight, check out former blog posts below:
Cold Night on the Mountain
|A great way to spend time with my sister.
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