Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Moriah, Mt. Surprise, North Carter, Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome, Mt. Hight, NH
Trails: Carter-Moriah Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 5, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Few significant water hazards on the Carter-Moriah ridge. 19 Mile Brook trail has bridges where needed; all are in good condition 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is overall in good condition and well marked although deep snow means that overhanging low boughs are frequent 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Hike from 5/3-5/5, starting at the Gorham trailhead of the Carter-Moriah Trail. Summited Mt. Hight and all of the 4000 footers on the Carter-Moriah ridge. Hiked out on 19 mile brook trail. Trail was dry out of Gorham up to about 3500 feet where snow became intermittent. Snow was deep at times (up to 3-5 feet) although with a stable monorail such that snowshoes (despite having them with us) were not useful, especially because snow would often give way to bare trail every few hundred feet where it had been melted by additional sun exposure. Microspikes or Stableicers recommended. Northern faces had snow and sometimes ice, particularly the northern side of North Carter where traction aids of some sort were nearly mandatory. More snow than not from North Carter to Carter Dome, with only open / exposed areas completely free of snow. Perhaps 1-2 postholes per minute in the afternoon; morning (after a cold night) the snow is quite firm and staying on the monorail helps avoid breakthrough. Slow going 1 mph or less along the ridge due to the conditions. The descent down Carter Dome into the Notch was for the most part completely dried out with snow only in the more gradual sections (the steeps were bare), including some snow right in the Notch. 19 Mile Brook trail had intermittent shallow snow for perhaps 0.5 miles down from the Notch and was then bare; this trail did not require traction aids.  
Name: Clayton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-08 
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