|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH|
||Route 16, Camp Dodge Cutoff, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Polecat ski trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, February 21, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||19 MB was overflowing at 8 am. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Met Baxter, who was a real sweetheart. |
|Lost and Found:
||For Carters, ditto what Baxter's Mom said. |
After starting out in Hillsound spikes, wore snowshoes from 3500 ft on North Carter Trail all the way to Wildcat base lodge! Beautiful new snow and drifts up on the ridges; winter wonderland was pretty darn tootin'.
I continued down to Carter Notch from the Dome in snowshoes and was surprised - shocked actually - to not have to switch to crampons which I carried all day. Yippee ki yi. There WAS a lot of ice, but the new snow seems to be somewhat adhering so the steep dropoffs didn't have the feeling of potential deathfalls.. ;p
Wildcat Ridge was a bit chopped up by barebooters, but my friend who joined me at Carter Notch and I smoothed it out pretty good with snowshoes, and I think we were last across that ridge today.
Excellent views into the Washington ravines and spectacular cloud formations descending Polecat. Glimpses of near (?) full moon popped out on drive home.
Congrats to FP for getting all 3 Carters today.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.