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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Carter, Middle Carter, North Carter, NH
Trails
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Camp Dodge cutoff, Route 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I got one of the last spots I thought, but more squeezed in afterwards. It really is a small lot for such a major trailhead with a hut. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: step overs 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I was surprised the Carter Dome Trail still looked like a March 4K trail, with lots of minor blowdowns/bendovers. It is nothing that will hinder hikers, and most won't hurt the trail, but a few are leading to new trails. I unfortunately left my folding saw at home, because of a modest amount of work I could have removed a lot. The Carter Moriah trail from Middle Carter to the North Carter trail had lots of mud pits, again nothing serious, but trail widening in those places. Imp trail had a significant crawl over and under.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog had an easy and fun time as always. Being a small black dog, however, meant heat was a factor. Up on the ridge he looked for cover on stops. But there isn't a lot of water after 19 Brook, so I'm glad I took extra water for him to drink and to wet his fur. Maybe I should get him a white shirt or dye his hair blond. In the mud section one might make sure the dog stays on the wood or out of the deeper pits; we met a big lab that stepped off and went in up to his stomach. Thereafter I kept reminding Pepper to stay out of muck - and he did pretty well. 
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies a bit annoying if stopped for a few minutes, although the breeze on the ridge helped. Pepper had a tick on him around Middle Carter which a fellow hiker discovered before it attached. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It wasn't as hot or humid as expected, pretty nice actually, but still I was surprised we didn't meet a lot of hikers. Odd that North Carter has a sign, cleared area and cairn, but no views and very little "peakness". On the drive home it seemed as if every motorcyclist in the northeast was on the Kanc.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-06-19 
Link
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