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: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Overall no major issues - small ones down low are open as is the larger one on 19 MB with the boards - just beware of glazed ice on rocks in the morning 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing significant for this time of year - still leaners up high and small branches and twigs across the trail down low 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day and had a blast in the fresh powder - she postholed a bit when off the monorail but it didn't seem to bother her - plenty of running water down low and fresh snow up high for hydration 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Wide variety of conditions today - bare trail down low on Imp, monorail started about halfway up to the Imp/North Carter junction - we put on spikes about a half mile below the junction which worked well until we were almost at the ridge, here the new snow was 3-4" which made traction trickier - switched to snowshoes a few hundred feet below the junction with CM trail. Even though the monorail was fairly easy to follow and a bit narrow at times, we were happy to have our snowshoes for better grip and for televators. Monorail became much bonier heading down from South Carter towards Zeta, decided to leave the snowshoes on to avoid another stop and since we figured we'd need them for the last section to Carter Dome where it can get really filled in - this made the side slope section very tricky on the way up and required a lot of balance and leaning to the left into all the spruce branches (some people could probably get by in micros but this section is a pain no matter what), but after the junction with the Black Angel trail there was more new snow (6-8" drifted in spots) and I was definitely happy to have snowshoes then. Switched back to spikes on the side slope down and kept them on until partway down 19MB - monorail deteriorated heading down Carter Dome trail and required concentration to stay on the straight and narrow, was more stable on 19MB but bareboots were sufficient due to a wider and less elevated monorail. Definitely still winter up high - temps in the low 20's with a breeze, which made it colder than when we were here in January. Great day out - thanks Ali and Hannah a fun late April winter hike!  
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-04-25 
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