Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wildcat C, Wildcat D, Wildcat E, NH
Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Lost Pond Trail, Old Jackson Road, Madison Gulf Trail, Great Gulf Trail, Route 16
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 3, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There were openings in the Nineteen Mile Brook trail lot at 7;30AM but frequently there are no spots later in the day. The fee box was wrapped when I arrived. The fee box at Great Gulf parking was not wrapped. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossings were rock hops. The Parapet Brook crossing on the Great Gulf trail was the most difficult but it still wasn't challenging as there were plenty of rocks. The bridge and bog bridges on the Lost Pond trail were near the water line. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. The exception was the Madison Gulf Trail which is in the Great Gulf Wilderness. There were evergreen boughs encroaching the trail corridor and some fallen trees which were easy to get by. I suppose this is due to the Wilderness maintenance rules but I don't recall such conditions in the past. The bridges on the Lost Pond trail are somewhat worn but still serviceable. The trail sign on the Madison Gulf Trail incorrectly spells Low's Bald Spot (Lowe's) but this shouldn't confuse hikers. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Strangely, I saw no dogs for over 17 miles of hiking. Wildcat Ridge can be dry although there were lots of puddles today. 
Bugs: I was surprised at the lack of bugs. Perhaps the breezes kept them away. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Decided to hike Wildcat Mountain without backtracking so I extended the hike in to a loop trip on the west side of Route 16. I found this much better than walking miles on route 16. There was lots of mud and some running water on the trails due to the torrential rains on Saturday. Luckily the ledges on the Glen Ellis side of Wildcat were mostly dry. Met many tourists from the ski lift walking towards and slightly beyond Wildcat E. Seems like there should be a prominent sign directing the tourists to Wildcat D's observation platform. Saw many hikers today. Lots of AT thru hikers including a New Zealander.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-04 
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