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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Wildcat D, Wildcat C, Wildcat B, Wildcat A, NH
Trails
Trails: Polecat ski trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 17, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at the Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is a bit interesting if you have never been there before and you are the only car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Between Wildcat D and C there are numerous small scrambles that if your dog is not good at scrambling expect to do a lot of lifting and assisting. I knew this going in so was prepared for it. No issues with dogs at the ski area during the off-season. 
Bugs
Bugs: No problems. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Went for an out-and-back via the Wildcat Mountain Ski Area to avoid the road walk and steep descent off Wildcat Mountain (peak A). A lot of thru-hikers were making there way north or south today.

From the ski area jump onto the Polecat Ski Trail and just follow the dirty/utility road to the col between peaks D and E. The trail will diverge from the Polecat Ski Trail as you get closer to the top, but then rejoins it. Just stay on the road. To get to the Polecat Ski Trail just past the Wildcat Express and Tomcat chair lift and you will see the Polecat Ski Trail.

The ridge has a lot of up and downs as you go over the various peaks. The hardest section is between peaks D and C. After that it is more gradual and you can get some momentum going.

There is little to no water on this trail so Boomer and I made a stop on the Elis River as we headed south to take a swim. The ski trails have little to no shade so on a hot sunny day even though the trail is not hard it takes a lot more out of you as the sun just drains you.  
Name
Name: BobTheLoveGoat 
E-Mail
E-Mail: BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-07-19 
Link
Link: http://lovegoatfilms.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-wildcats-seek-peak-2015on-wrong.html 
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