Appalachian Trail: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to Hogan Road

Best done in three days, this 19.6-mile leg traces ridgelines, drops into deep-cut notches, and offers breathtaking views of nearby mountains.
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Best done in three days, this 19.6-mile leg traces ridgelines, drops into deep-cut notches, and offers breathtaking views of nearby mountains.

Carter Notch Hut; sleeps 30. Rattle River Shelter; sleeps 8.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.5

Waypoints

WPT009

Location: 44.2477989196777, -71.2335968017578

View of Washington Ridge

WPT030

Location: 44.257266998291, -71.2531356811524

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center; parking

WPT002

Location: 44.2458000183106, -71.2514190673828

AT turns W and follows the Wildcat Ridge Trail

WPT024

Location: 44.3154678344727, -71.1634674072266

View of AT to the N

WPT024

Location: 44.2602958679199, -71.1947631835938

AT turns W on Carter Moriah Trail @ jct. with trail to Carter Notch Hut

WPT005

Location: 44.3315162658691, -71.1428146362305

Valley view

WPT020

Location: 44.3049659729004, -71.1684646606445

Views

WPT014

Location: 44.3605003356934, -71.1139678955078

Cross Rattle River

WPT025

Location: 44.3155670166016, -71.1631698608398

AT become steep

WPT018

Location: 44.303050994873, -71.1677703857422

Middle Carter Mountain

WPT021

Location: 44.2616844177246, -71.195686340332

AT turns E along Nineteen-Mile Brook Tr.

WPT019

Location: 44.2587661743164, -71.2016296386719

Wildcat Mountain

WPT013

Location: 44.2491340637207, -71.2239685058594

View to the S

WPT014

Location: 44.2808837890625, -71.1734161376953

Zeta Pass; Carter Dome Tr. jct.

WPT007

Location: 44.3332328796387, -71.1358489990234

AT begins climbing a slab

WPT009

Location: 44.3401985168457, -71.1314849853516

AT heads E on the Kenduskeag Tr. @ jct. with Carter Moriah Tr. going W; Mt. Moriah

WPT003

Location: 44.2642517089844, -71.1857681274414

Trail and sign to water

WPT034

Location: 44.2537841796875, -71.2520980834961

River access

WPT011

Location: 44.3485488891602, -71.1160507202148

AT becomes Rattle Rver Tr & Kenduskeag Tr

WPT031

Location: 44.2566833496094, -71.2523803710938

NH 16; Pinkham Notch

WPT022

Location: 44.4003982543945, -71.1099166870117

US 2; parking

WPT016

Location: 44.3606147766113, -71.1137466430664

End new trail section

WPT021

Location: 44.3918151855469, -71.1067199707031

Stream

WPT023

Location: 44.2608489990234, -71.1946029663086

First lake (larger of the two)

WPT010

Location: 44.2712669372559, -71.175537109375

AT continues straight @ jct. with Black Angel Trail & Carter Dome Trail

WPT022

Location: 44.3126983642578, -71.1654510498047

Amazing views to the E

WPT015

Location: 44.2899169921875, -71.1762008666992

South Carter Mountain

WPT014

Location: 44.2493667602539, -71.2236175537109

Tower; platform

WPT005

Location: 44.247200012207, -71.2423477172852

Ledge with view

WPT012

Location: 44.2759323120117, -71.1702194213867

Mt. Hight; AT turns W downhill; look carefully for blazes

WPT027

Location: 44.3245658874512, -71.1510696411133

AT crosses a boardwalk made of bog boards

WPT012

Location: 44.3528671264648, -71.11376953125

Stream

WPT020

Location: 44.2589988708496, -71.2015151977539

USFS Vista; look for Carter Notch Hut

WPT017

Location: 44.3751487731934, -71.1082305908203

Rattle River

WPT013

Location: 44.2789344787598, -71.1735687255859

AT turns E on Carter Moriah Tr.; Carter Dome Tr.

WPT023

Location: 44.4006004333496, -71.1110992431641

AT follows US 2 west

WPT026

Location: 44.3234672546387, -71.1518859863281

Stream

WPT003

Location: 44.4035148620606, -71.1147003173828

Androscoggin River; Hydroelectric Plant

WPT008

Location: 44.2480659484863, -71.2378463745117

Water

WPT001

Location: 44.2495155334473, -71.2502670288086

Lost Pond; can see reflections of Mt. Washington

WPT021

Location: 44.3102874755859, -71.1677932739258

North Carter Trail

WPT023

Location: 44.3133010864258, -71.1649475097656

North Carter Mountain

WPT019

Location: 44.3034820556641, -71.168098449707

360-degree views; look for Mt. Washington

WPT016

Location: 44.2989654541016, -71.1729965209961

Views to the SE & NW

WPT003

Location: 44.2464828491211, -71.2482299804688

View of Pinkham Notch; Presidential Ridge; NH 16

WPT006

Location: 44.3328514099121, -71.1376495361328

View to the WSW of Imp Mtn

WPT020

Location: 44.3799514770508, -71.1076354980469

Rattle River Shelter

WPT004

Location: 44.4065017700195, -71.1167984008789

AT turns W on Hogan Rd.

WPT024

Location: 44.4002571105957, -71.1122055053711

AT turns N on North Road over Androscoggin River

WPT007

Location: 44.2674179077148, -71.1792831420898

Top of Carter Dome; Old firetower base; Rainbow Trail

WPT029

Location: 44.3287811279297, -71.1497955322266

Imp Campsite

WPT003

Location: 44.3317832946777, -71.1435699462891

AT continues straight @ jct. with Stonybrook Trail & Moriah Brook Trail

WPT019

Location: 44.3779983520508, -71.107666015625

Rattle River

WPT028

Location: 44.3267593383789, -71.149169921875

Trail to Imp Campsite

WPT010

Location: 44.3461494445801, -71.1228179931641

Bog boardwalk

WPT004

Location: 44.2460823059082, -71.2453994750976

Fantastic view to valley carved by the Eilis river

WPT026

Location: 44.2593574523926, -71.1953964233398

Carter Notch Hut

DSCF8782

Location: 44.2490501403809, -71.2247467041016

DSCF8790

Location: 44.2491149902344, -71.2245330810547

DSCF8791

Location: 44.2525177001953, -71.2043151855469

DSCF8830

Location: 44.2727012634277, -71.1752471923828

DSCF8880

Location: 44.403434753418, -71.1146697998047

DSCF8737

Location: 44.249568939209, -71.2502517700195

DSCF8750

Location: 44.2480010986328, -71.2379531860352

DSCF8688

Location: 44.2492637634277, -71.2503433227539

DSCF8854

Location: 44.324634552002, -71.1517105102539