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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Carter Dome, NH
Trails
Trails: Bog Brook Trail, Wild River Trail, Rainbow Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Wildcat River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 2, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There is room for 5 cars or so at the TH, and more at some wideouts nearby. I was the only one to start; 2 more were there on my return. The class 6 road section is in great shape. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trails were in amazing shape given that it looks like no one had done anything on them from winter on except the lower Wildcat River which received some new paired half log sections. There was hardly any winter spruce-fir bendovers anywhere. I cut the few that were across the trail and the branches on a few larger blowdowns on Rainbow. Lower Rainbow had some larger blowdowns that will need a bigger saw. Rainbow in the ice damaged white birch glades is getting harder to follow as new vegetation encroaches. There are some mud pits on Wildcat River in the middle and upper sections. The usual Bog Brook muddy crossing is manageable with the paired half logs getting one across the open water. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog chased a big bull moose way down the trail with me yelling after them. What must the two of them be thinking? Rainbow & Carter Moriah were dry but I had a folding bowl for my water and Pepper gladly used it. Wildcat River Trail had lots of small brooks; great for dipping and sipping. Pepper did pretty good avoiding the mud but even so a couple paw suckers got him. We ran into 3 dogs up on Carter Moriah.  
Bugs
Bugs: None! There was a chilly wind up on the ridge , but even down low they had vamoosed. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This loup has gentle grades, solitude, pretty good trail, and nice woods. It was a special hike for Pepper to finish his 2010 4Ks. I only did it once before with Shorty, a week after he finished his 4Ks, but it was his last hike as he developed diabetes over the winter. He was an incredible hiker. So in my mind I hiked with him and Pepper today. May they be forever young.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-07-02 
Link
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