Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat A, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 21, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There's a lot of water in general. One section of 19 Mile has a significant amount of flowing water with a mini-waterfall. Wear Gore-Tex, your feet will get wet on this hike. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple blowdowns one in a very tough spot to get around - 3500' or so. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: It is blackfly season for sure! Just keep moving. Quickly. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I didn't expect 19 Mile Brook Trail to get into my Top 5 Trails list! What a beautiful trail on a beautiful day. Nineteen Brook is hauling! There's one point where it gets squeezed through a couple big erratics and the water is basically shooting straight out.

The trail is dry through about the first mile with sopping wet sections scattered thereafter. When you get to about 3200 or 3500 (I need an altimeter) the snow begins. It doesn't get obnoxious until Wildcat Ridge Trail. There are narrow sections of switchbacks with steeply pitched 3 and 4 foot unstable snowpack. It's too wide to walk on the dry edge and very soft. It was basically posthole hell. The monorail is with us in spirit only. I motorcycle-post-holed at one point negating any chance of ever having kids. Microspikes helped.

It was a gorgeous day though. High 70s at the base, maybe 40s or 50s at the summit. If you're trying to get newbies to go with you on hikes, 19 Mile Brook Trail is very mild and not too rocky with LOTS to look at (Brook, waterfalls, etc.)
Name: Chris Tapper 
E-Mail: crtapper at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-05-22 
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