Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Carter Dome, NH
Trails: Bog Brook Trail, Wild River Trail, Rainbow Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Wildcat River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, October 11, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small lot that could probably accomodate 4 to 6 vehicles. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings accomplished via rock hops. Some rocks were submerged. Crossings of Wildcat Brook and Wildcat River were made at points either upstream or downstream from official path. In high water these crossings would be a challenge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Bog Brook trail had some areas of significant mud. Wildcat River trail had some standing water on leaves. Many broken or deteriorated bog bridges. Some windfalls including one on the Carter-Moriah trail between Cater Dome and Carter Notch. Otherwise all the trails were in good condition. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Saw some flying insects in sunny areas. None were biting. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was nice to hike up Carter Dome from the Wild River Valley rather than the usual Pinkham Notch approach. Much of the Bog Brook trail is ideal habitat for moose. The few other hikers I saw on the southeast side of Carter Dome all saw moose but I managed to miss them. Both Bog Brook and Rainbow trails pass through birch forests that were ravaged by the ice storm of '98. The woods are unnaturally open in these spots. On the Rainbow Trail there are magnificent views from the open southeast ridge especially over Wildcat Ridge to Mt Washington. A gray jay was working the crowd at the summit of Cater Dome. The short side trip to the Rampart provided some fun with boulder scrambles and an interesting viewpoint of the notch. The crossing of Wildcat Brook and Wildcat River required careful passage over the stream bed rocks. In high water these crossings would be a challenge and Bog Brook trail would be extremely muddy.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-10-11 
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