Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Route 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major issues - water pretty low and no real ice on the rocks. Poles very helpful on the two larger crossings on Carter Dome Trail and the large one on 19 MB 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown on Imp Trail about a tenth of a mile before the junction with North Carter trail, has a decently established path around it and will definitely need a chainsaw to be taken car of. One smaller one on Carter Dome trail less than 100 yards down from Zeta Pass, much smaller and not too hard to get around. Otherwise trails in decent shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day - no issues with the terrain and plenty of snow up high to romp around in. Not much running water up high. The ledges approaching Middle Carter from the north may be tricky for some dogs until there is more snow 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Started with a dusting of snow down low, increased to 3-4" by the time we hit the ridge, few small drifts up to 6-8". Lots of rocks covered with a few inches of snow - slow going at times on the ascent but very manageable. Small patches of flow ice started on the Imp Trail not too far from the junction with North Carter trail but all were easily avoidable by stepping on bare rocks or sticky snow.
Less ice on the ridge as the snow depth increased. Headed over Hight hoping for some views across the street - only Madison was out of the clouds, but still lots of blue sky and fine views in all directions. Deepest snow of the day was between the summit of Hight and Carter Dome, easily 6-8" with drifts around 12".
Snow and ice had softened on the descent on Carter Dome trail. Surprisingly I didn't use micros all day - I will readily put them on when there's any significant stretch of ice and that wasn't to be found today - but would definitely recommend bringing them. Decent amount of sun, some gusts up high but overall a nice November day. We didn't see a soul all day!! - great hike with Hannah.  
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-11-14 
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