|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH|
||Route 16, Camp Dodge Road, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail.|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, June 18, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Surprisingly Nineteen Mile Brook did not overflow today. Fees not being collected (bags over sign/tube). |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hoppable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns on Carter Dome Trail. North Carter Trail waterbars are full. Some waterbars on the final ascent of Carter Dome are toast, as the treadway is now a foot lower than the outflows due to erosion. Some log drainage and step work being done on the lower Carter Dome Trail. One newer rock staircase near the bottom is already useless, as most traffic appears to be bypassing it for a more direct embankment. |
||Black flies and deer flies up to Middle Carter and partway across. Some mosquitoes and black flies on South Carter, Carter Dome Trail, and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Dropped packs at Camp Dodge, parked at 19 MB, then ran the roads back to Camp Dodge. Camp Dodge Cutoff is very well established (starts just to the left of a garage).|
Imp Trail had lots of slippery rock and some minor mud. Lots of rock work has done on the lower portion to stop further erosion.
North Carter Trail was initially okay, but the upper portion is in advanced stages of erosion with the treadway now multiple feet below the adjacent surface.
Carter Moriah Trail from there to Zeta Pass was in good shape and generally has a nice footbed. Decent views to be had from next to both summits from cutting in the recent years.
Carter Dome Trail to Carter Dome has some significant erosion above the Black Angel junction. Treadway has dropped below the level of some of the waterbar outflows, resulting in increased gullying and loose rocks.
Carter Dome Trail below Zeta Pass is very rough in places due to advanced erosion, in which the surrounding ground is now at hip level. Some log work is being done on the lower portion, but a large scale rock project is needed to prevent further problems (such as losing entire trees, boulders coming loose, and embankments giving way).
Nineteen Mile Brook Trail had some muddy portions just below the junction, as well as some mud pits in the new relocations. Some of the extended stretches of smooth footbed were nice at the end of the day.
Decent views from Middle this morning before the fog moved in. Dome was in a cloud. Some clearing later in the day, including sunshine on the walk out.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.