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Solidarity on the trails is one of my favorite parts of hiking. As much as I love flying solo and challenging myself, good conversation makes hiking that much more exciting. Especially when you’re helping a friend achieve a milestone.

Last month we hiked Mount Moriah with our friend Elise and several others for her 48 finish. We began from the standard Carter-Moriah approach, which never disappoints. It’s a pleasant, sustained trail that steepens as it gets higher and passes over Mount Surprise.

As it was Mid-late September, the foliage still had yet to creep into the hills, but the weather was as close to perfect as you can get.

To commemorate our success and Elise’s 48th, we had mints on the summit of Moriah—much like we did peeps on Passaconaway a few months prior.

On the way down, Lauren, Andrew, Cate and I opted to add some mileage. We continued along the Carter-Moriah trail, which I had only seen before when it was cloudy. It’s a exceptionally beautiful area that I want to return to at some point soon.

Our intention was to see the Imp Shelter and then head back down the Stony Brook Trail. It’s quite brutal on the feet with boulder scrambles during the first stretch, but it soon flattens out and the last two plus miles are gorgeous and easy. Since our car was at the other trailhead, Andrew and I opted to run there, which added about another 1.5 miles on the road. We hauled down effortlessly and loved every minute of it. A little bit of hiking with friends and running in the same day made for an excellent pre-fall adventure!

Total Time: ~5 hrsTotal Distance: ~12 milesTotal Elevation Gain: ~3900 feet