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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, NH
Trails
Trails: Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at great gulf parking spot near bushwack starting point also half way between trail heads if you don't do the bushwack splits road walking in half  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all fine 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good shape minor brush trim on imp possible but not needed yet 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: all fine for the Reuben a little rocky on the way down Carter dome  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Weather and trail conditions: A beautiful day for a hike 40s no wind and mostly sunny. Light ice on the trail but avoidable. Take care for footing but generally fine. No snow on the trail.

General trail description: The cole and rise between South Carter and Mt Height adds some significant elevation gain. Height does have an awesome view tought.The view from Height is 360 looking to the east toward the vast wild river wilderness and west to the Presidentials. Elevation drop and gain between middle and south is not bad and also not bad between mt height and carter dome. The drop into Carter notch from carter dome is steep and relentless but with no difficult scrambles. I think my dog considered turning around here. There are nice 180-ish degree views in the route between the Carters. No hard scrambles on this whole hike.

Bushwack description: I did a bushwack to shorten the road hike and hike along the imp trail. It is doable but I would not recommend it if you have never done a bushwack or late in the day/ at night. Start by going up the road past AMC dodge camp. At the back of the field behind a building there is a pretty good path heading uphilling parrallel to the river. The trail gets progressively harder to follow. During the entire bushwack I was not more than about 1000 feet from the river often within a few hundred feet. I switch back in forth between old logging roads or old trails with saplings in the path. The forest through here is deciduous once you are a little way from the river making it possible to bushwack even wihtout the old logging roads. The only trick is when to head toward the trail. If you got that wrong the bushwack would be a lot longer. With the leaves off the trees the timing wasn't that bad you could see a steep rise coming ahead more or less right when it was time to head over to the trial. The elevation lines on a topo map show this rise clearly. You want to stay in the woods until it actually starts getting steeper. The Imp trail was within about 750-1500 feet from the river. You could river the river from the Imp trail. The final section almost appeared to be an old hiking trial with a eroded gully and exposed rocks. There was a series of medium sized glacial erratics just before the Imp Trial.

The stream to parallel for the bushwhack heads up hike right at the entrance to dodge camp and across the road from the great gulf wilderness parking area.  
Name
Name: Mertic Spork  
E-Mail
E-Mail: steve.buelte@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-11-01 
Link
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