You couldn't see far from Mt. Carr! That was certainly a true statement on 19-February when my friend Marty and I trekked up the western slope of this mountain via the Carr Mountain Trail near Warren, NH. The weather forecast called for clear skies by early afternoon. But as often happens in the mountains, weather predictions can be less than accurate.
Since we experienced very little in the way of views from the top of this 3,453 ft foot mountain, there isn't much to share in terms of photos. Even in ideal weather conditions, Mt. Carr only offers "stand-up" views. These are best experienced from some concrete steps that are part of the remains of an old fire tower that once stood on the summit. And although you cannot sit and enjoy them, Steve Smith (the consummate "mountain wanderer") says that you can see the summits of 31 of the White Mountain's 4,000 footers from Mt. Carr.
The panorama photo (shown below) was taken from a ledge near the fire tower. On this day, it didn't much matter where you stood. This photo is certainly not presented for its "artistic quality", but rather just to demonstrate the viewing conditions that we experienced.
The clearest view (relatively speaking) was of Mt. Moosilauke, as seen in the next photo.
During our ascent to Mt. Carr, we took a short detour to hike the 0.2 mile spur trail to Waternomee Falls. As would be expected in February, the falls were frozen, but a pretty sight nonetheless (photo below).
Regarding conditions along the Mt Carr Trail, things were overall in good shape. There were a few blowdowns, but all were easy to negotiate in one manner or another. The trail had a light layer of firm snow from trailhead to summit. Microspikes were worn for the entire hike.
That concludes the report about the trek Marty and I undertook to Mt. Carr. However, Steve Smith filed a much more complete report on his Blog (click HERE) for a trek to Mt. Carr that was done on a day in May 2011 when viewing conditions were much more favorable.
Also, I found it fascinating to read a Trip Report of a trek to Mt. Carr that was done 125 years ago in 1877. This report was filed in June 1988 edition of Appalachia (Volume 5, page 151-155). It's publically available on the Internet via GoogleBooks. I've excerpted the portion of the report which I found to be most interesting. (If you want to read the entire report, click HERE.)
To sum it up, probably most readers would agree that hiking isn't solely about the views. There are other significant components such as the camaraderie of hiking with a friend. Plus (as was true with this trek), there can sometimes be interesting historical tidbits to be learned about your hiking destination.
And lastly, there can be unexpected views just travelling to and/or from the trailhead. As we were travelling along Limekiln Road, we happened to hit it just right for a sunset view of the Hogsback and Sugarloaf Mountain (photos below).