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Carter Ledge is the often looked at south facing low angled looking slab seen from Rt. 16 while driving North near Chocorua Lake. Carter Ledge can be clearly seen looking east from the summit of Mt.Chocorua. This attractive cliff is located on the ridge leading to the Three Sisters peaks and has a hiking trail to its summit. This is an incredibility beautiful slab climb in a not too remote location with the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Chocorua over your left shoulder. The white granite is amazingly clean and solid with good natural protection where you need it.
Hiking Directions to Carter Ledge
You can approach Carter Ledge two different ways. Both ways involve a two plus mile hike so this climb is not for the belay off your bumper crowd. Start at the Piper Trail in Albany and hike 1.2 miles to the Nickerson Ledge Trail on the right. Follow the Nickerson Ledge Trail to its Junction with the Carter Ledge Trail in .8 miles.
The alternative is to start in the White Ledge Campground in Albany and follow the Carter Ledge Trail itself 2 miles to the same junction. This way seems a bit easier as it follows a gently rising trail the whole way. From the junction hike about .3 miles up the trail till an open slab can be seen just left of the trail. Hike up a few more steps till the trail turns sharply to the right. Move left up and across the top of the slabs in the woods just below another set of short slabs above. Bushwhack/traverse left (west) across the slope keeping at the same elevation for about 10-15 minutes and you will intersect the bottom of the slab. Do not drop to low on the hillside or you might hike right on by.
Carter Ledge is obvious when you see it as it is very clean perfect granite with occasional Jack Pines growing out of its open face. This cliff has been climbed before (possibly many times) but never officially recorded that I could find. The second time I climbed Carter Ledge an old fixed angle piton was found at half height. The approach takes between one and a half to two hours with the majority of the hiking on the trail.
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Living the Dream 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a NH
: Carter Ledge
P1 – Start eight feet up on a flat ledge at a small tree 70 feet left of the right end of the base of the slab. Step left then back right to a higher ledge then climb up 30 feet to a short left facing corner with a small pine branch growing out of the top. Climb the corner and then the slab above to a small tree belay on the left. 80’ 5.5P2 – Climb slightly left and up thru flakes and cracks in a short headwall. Climb straight up the slab above passing a block and thin corners to a belay at thr...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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View up the center of Carter Ledge from the lonely...
View of Chocorua from Carter Ledge
BETA PHOTO: Carter Ledge from near the summit of Mt. Chocorua
The top of Carter Ledge near the trail.
BETA PHOTO: Carter Ledge Photo Topo
Bottom of the Slab on Living the Dream.
Shot of the valley with nice fall colors. Taken w...
Oct 15, 2012
This is an excellent place to do some nice moderate climbing in a beautiful setting. The granite is excellent and naturally clean for the most part. It is easy to wander and link pitches that look desirable. A nice back-country feel!