|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Middle Carter, South Carter, Mt. Hight, Carter Dome, Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, NH|
||Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter Moriah Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 17, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hopping |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blow down for small section between Wildcat A and D. Easily passable |
|Lost and Found:
||This was a two-day trip. Started on the Imp Trail, this was very pleasant little snow/ice and was able to get up about 3 miles until micro spikes were needed. Once I connected to North Carter trail I put on my K 10s I will note that I saw a few hikers with just microspikes in the area. Once on the ridge, the hiking was melted slush with a mix of some rough ice patches in which my crampons came in handy. The southbound ascent up Mt. Hight very icy and I would not suggest doing this section with-out something more than spikes. The trail between Hight and Carter Dome was excellent and you may have even been able to get away with bare boots. Descended down Carter Dome was almost completely thawed half way down but the upper part did require some maneuvering.|
I stayed .4 miles south of the Carter Notch hut on the Wildcat River Trail. I was able to find a decent site 300 ft off the trail heading south where I could break up some ice for a tent spot.
Next day I headed up Wildcat Ridge Trail. I read a report from the weekend prior about how icy the conditions were and at no surprise I found some pretty serious rolling blue ice. I used my K 10 and trekking poles for leverage. There was one section of the trail about 70 ft long that I questioned my ability to be able to get it up safely. I stuck to the side of the trail and used the vegetation whenever I needed. You will NEED crampons for this trail. In between Wildcat A and D it was relatively pleasant but still required crampons in some parts. There was a brief section that also had some blowdowns. I descended down the Wildcat Ski Resort.
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.