Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 19 mile brook well plowed and the entrance to Dodge camps was plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: one on Carter Dome trail had to rock hop but the rest were bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: few small blowdowns, one on way to Carter Dome people are walking around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw none but probably would have no problem 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: starting at Joe Dodge Lodge the trail was broken out. As we got higher there was about an inch of new snow. By 3000' there were drifts and more new or blown snow in trail. When we started across the ridge the trail had been broken out but was now almost totally filled back in. Looks like one person may have crossed the ridge yesterday. We were pretty much breaking trail with drifts and new and blown snow often over a foot deep.
Between Middle and South we met a couple that had no packs or snowshoes on and they were really tearing up the trail and leaving some deep postholes. As we were going down S. Carter we ran into a solo hiker Chipp that said that the trail to Carter Dome was all broken out. The 2 bear booters passed us and following in their trail was harder going but at least from there on there were 4 pairs of snow shoes smoothing out the trail.
From Zeta Pass to Carter Dome was broken out but there were some big drifts. If they were soft they were packed but some were hard and you just went over them. Carter Dome trail was in pretty good shape but 19 mile brook was a highway and microspikes worked well there.

It was a great day with temps reaching into the 30's, lots of winds but they were warm. Thanks Claude and Frank for another great hike.  
Name: Sleeveless 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-02-19 
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