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Mount Moriah Information

Elevation: 4,049 feet (1,234 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 922 feet (281 meters)
Location: Gorham, NH, Coös County
Range: Carter-Moriah Range
Coordinates: 44°20'25" North     71°07'53" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Easy / Moderate
Features: Mount Surprise, 360°summit views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 9 miles

Mount Moriah's summit is 4,049 feet and is located 5 miles Southeast of Gorham, NH. It is part of the Carter-Moriah Range in the White Mountains. The shortest route up to the summit is up the Carter-Moriah trail, which goes over Mount Surprise (2,194') before reaching Mount Moriah. The trail is relatively easy, compared to other NH 4,000 footer mountains, but, it can be very dangerous when wet, because a big portion of the Carter-Moriah trail is solid rock. (very slippery when wet, or icy!)

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The summit of Mount Moriah is bare rock above tree line, offering incredible views on a clear day with 360° views of the Presidential Range and the rest of the Carter-Moriah Range.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Surprise is 2.5 miles from the summit of Mount Moriah
Shelburne Moriah Mountain is 2.7 miles from the summit of Mount Moriah
North Carter Mountain is 3.7 miles from the summit of Mount Moriah
Middle Carter Mountain is 4.5 miles from the summit of Mount Moriah

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Views from Mount Surprise on the way up to Mount Moriah on October 24, 2012.


Mount Moriah Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The trail map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Moriah and Mount Surprise via the Carter-Moriah Trail.

Starting at the Carter-Moriah trail head, hike up the Carter-Moriah Trail for 2 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Surprise where you can enjoy great views! After you are done soaking in the views, continue up the Carter-Moriah Trail for 2.5 miles where you will reach the summit of Mount Moriah. Here you can enjoy 360 degree mountain views on a clear day.

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Click to download PDF Trail Map of Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah Photos Top

Views from Zeacliff on the way up to Zealand Mountain, Twin Range, White Mountains
Views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range from Mount Moriah on October 24, 2011.

Mount Moriah Summit Mark - Mt Moriah summit marker

Mount Moriah Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for the highlighted hike above can be tricky to find. It is located at the end of Bangor Street in Gorham, NH. There is no actual parking lot at the trail head, so you can either park on the street if there is room, or park in the parking lot at the end of Promenade Street, roughly 0.8 miles away. (You will walk along the road, and cross over a suspension bridge before you reach Bangor Street, where the Carter-Moriah Trail starts.

mount moriah summit sign, mt moriah summit sign   Directions to Bangor Street (Carter-Moriah Trail head) from the South:
Take exit 35 off I-93 to US-3 N towards Twin Mountain / Lancaster. Drive 12.3 miles and turn right onto NH-115 N. Drive 9.6 miles and turn right onto US-2 E. Continue 12.5 miles on Route 2 and turn right onto Main Street. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right on Bangor Street. The trail begins at the end of the road. (no parking at the trail head)

Directions to the parking lot on Promenade Street from the South:
Take exit 35 off I-93 to US-3 N towards Twin Mountain / Lancaster. Drive 12.3 miles and turn right onto NH-115 N. Drive 9.6 miles and turn right onto US-2 E/Presidential Hwy. Continue 12.5 miles on Route 2 and turn right onto Main Street. Drive 1 mile and turn right on Church Street. Drive 0.2 miles then turn right on Promenade Street. The parking lot is at the end of the road.

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